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Nearly bumrushed out of the United Center in the first period Saturday night, the Bruins ultimately stiffarmed their way back into the Stanley Cup Final when Daniel Paille’s snapping wrister from the left circle ricocheted halfway up the right post and behind goalie Corey Crawford 13:48 into overtime and carried the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks.
The series is now tied, 1-1, which did not seem remotely possible in the first period, amid a Chicago torrent that saw the Hawks attempt 30 shots to Boston’s meager, almost pitiful, total of five. The chance of a second Cup in three seasons fast slipping through their fingers, they were looking at a 1-0 deficit (goal by Patrick Sharp) after the first 20 minutes.