Hello again, ladies and gentlemen. We now find ourselves at the end of the second period of play between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins. Here are some of my knee jerk reactions to the 2nd period.
Oh, how an intermission can change things. The scoring in this game has kicked into high gear.
The rush started at just 6:33 when Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews found himself in the right place at just the right time, and was able to redirect a shot from Michal Rozsival into the net, putting the Hawks back on top.
Just over 2 minutes later, Toews’ “rival” line mate Patrick Kane would fire one past Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask extending the Hawks’ lead to 2. Assists on the Kane goal were accredited to LW Brian Bickell and Rozsival.
However, it wouldn’t take long for the Bruins to fight back.
Just under 15 minutes into the period, Bruins LW Milan Lucic would fire a backhanded shot off of a pass from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara past Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford lessening the Bruins deficit to 1.
As is the same in all high scoring games, it wasn’t long until the Hawks struck again.
Less than a full minute later, after a flurry of attempts on Tuukka Rask by the Hawks, center Marcus Kruger would find himself in front of the net in such a position that he could save the play and bring home another goal for the Hawks. Assists on that play went to center Michael Frolik and center Dave Bolland.
Again, the Bruins battled back.
With just under 3 minutes left in the period, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was able to capitalize on the power play and convert it into a goal for the Bruins. Assists on the Bergeron goal were awarded to Chara and RW Jaromir Jagr.
The penalties this period have been rather calm compared to the first period.
The only two infractions this period were a Too Many Men on the Ice penalty assessed by Boston that was served by Shawn Thornton, and a 2 minute penalty assessed by Patrick Kane for hooking Bruins defenseman Torey Krug.
It was the penalty to Kane that allowed for the power play that resulted in the goal by Bergeron.
Chicago is still leading on the offensive in the second period.
The Shots on Goal for the second period were 13-11 Chicago, bringing the game total to 25-20 Chicago.
At the end of the second period of play, the Chicago Blackhawks lead the Boston Bruins 4-3.
Will the Hawks be able to hold on to the lead and tie the series at 2? We shall see as the third period progresses.