CHICAGO - This Boston squad is one resilient bunch.
Daniel Paille scored 13:48 into overtime Saturday night, and the Bruins beat the Blackhawks 2-1 to tie the Stanley Cup finals at a game apiece.
Three days after a three-overtime thriller in the series opener, Boston and Chicago once again were tied after regulation. The Bruins then stepped up the pressure and finally cashed in after goaltender Corey Crawford single-handedly kept the Blackhawks in the game.
Brandon Bollig had a turnover in the Chicago end, and Tyler Seguin passed the puck to Paille who shot it under Crawford's glove and off the right post for his third goal of the playoffs, sending the Bruins back to Boston with the momentum ahead of Game 3 on Monday night.
"We just kept the pressure on, and Seggy threw the puck to me," Paille said. "I just popped out and had to shoot the puck quick, get it off my stick. I was able to send it post low. He made a good play passing it over instead of shooting."
Patrick Sharp scored for the Blackhawks, who looked more and more gassed as the night wore on. Crawford made 26 saves in another terrific performance.
"You've got to kind of swallow this one and move on," Sharp said. "We know what's on the line in this series, and going into Boston's going to be tough, but we're ready for the challenge. We'll find a way to be better for Game 3."
Paille also had an assist on Chris Kelly's tying goal in the second period, and Tuukka Rask had 18 of his 33 stops in the first period.
"That's kind of how our room is. On any given night, someone can step up," Kelly said. "Paille showed that tonight."
The first two games of last year's Stanley Cup also went to overtime, with Los Angeles taking a 2-0 lead at New Jersey before going on to defeat the Devils in six games. Before last season, it had been 61 years since the first two games of the finals needed an extra period to decide the winner.
In that 1951 Stanley Cup, each of the five games went to overtime, with Toronto taking the series against Montreal. The way Chicago and Boston are playing, a repeat is certainly possible.
It was the third consecutive overtime game for the Blackhawks, who eliminated Los Angeles with a 4-3 victory in two overtimes in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, and then defeated Boston 4-3 in Wednesday night's marathon. Chicago dropped to 4-2 during OT games in this year's playoffs.
The Bruins lost the opener when Dave Bolland's tip went off Andrew Shaw's leg and past Rask for the winning score. They also blew a 3-1 third-period lead in that one but seemed to have no problem putting the loss behind them.
After all, the same core group of Bruins dropped the first two games of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals against Vancouver and came back to win. They trailed 4-1 in the third period of Game 7 against Toronto in this postseason and came back to win.
Ovechkin wins Hart
Alexander Ovechkin won his third Hart Trophy on Saturday as the NHL's most valuable player.
The Washington Capitals right wing beat out Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and John Tavares of the New York Islanders for the award on Saturday night.
• What: Blackhawks at Bruins; series is tied 1-1
• When: 5 p.m. Monday
• TV: NBC Sports Network