For the second time in as many games, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks had to go past 60 minutes to determine a winner. But unlike Chicago's 4-3 triple-overtime victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins needed only 13:48 of extra hockey to leave United Center with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night.
Daniel Paille's game-winner evened the series as the teams head back to Boston for Game 3 on Monday night (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
Here are some of the key facts and figures from Game 2:
0 -- Playoff victories by Chicago against Boston at home that did not go into overtime. Boston is 8-3 at Chicago in the postseason, and all three of the Blackhawks' victories went into overtime -- including their 4-3 triple-overtime win in Game 1.
1 -- Stanley Cup Final games worked by referee Wes McCauley. The son of former NHL referee John McCauley officiated in the Final for the first time in his career on Saturday.
2 -- Consecutive years in which Games 1 and 2 of the Final went into overtime -- the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils did it last year. Before that, it hadn't happened since Toronto and Montreal played OT in all five games of the 1951 Final.
3 -- Consecutive overtime games played by the Blackhawks. They beat the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 to win the Western Conference Final before going to OT in Games 1 and 2 against Boston.
6 -- Shots on goal in the first period by Chicago forward Patrick Sharp, one of which beat Tuukka Rask to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. That was one more shot on goal than the Bruins had at goal in the opening 20 minutes, when they were out-attempted 30-5. Sharp had only one shot on goal after the opening period.
7 -- Overtime games this spring for the Bruins, the most they've ever played in one playoff year. Boston is 3-0 at home and 2-2 away from TD Garden. Chicago is 4-2 in six overtime games this spring.
8 -- First-period goals allowed by Boston in 18 games during this year's playoffs, including Sharp's goal in Game 2. Before that goal, the Bruins hadn't been scored on in the opening period since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.
9 -- Years since the first two games in the Stanley Cup Final had been split. The last previous time came in 2004, when the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning each won one of the first two games in Florida. The Lightning won that series in seven games.
10 -- Hits by Boston forward Milan Lucic, the most by any player on either team and 20 percent of the 50 hits credited to the Bruins. Lucic had five in the first period and five more in the second. What Lucic didn't have was a shot on goal -- he was credited with only one attempt.
14 -- Consecutive unsuccessful power plays by the Blackhawks, including three on Saturday night. Chicago hasn't scored a power-play goal since the second period in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings.
15 -- Shots on goal by Chicago after the first period. The Blackhawks outshot Boston 19-4 in the opening period, but were outshot 28-15 afterwards.
22 -- Consecutive penalty-kills by Boston, which hasn't allowed a power-play goal since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers.
23 -- Playoff games without a goal for Boston forward Chris Kelly before he scored in the second period of Game 2. His last goal was the overtime winner in Game 1 of the Bruins' first-round series against the Washington Capitals last year.
26 -- Overtime games this spring, two short of the single-season record set in 1993. Boston's victory ended a nine-game winning streak by home teams and was just the seventh by the road teams against 19 for home teams.
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