Posted: Sunday June 16, 2013 12:22 AM

Rask too tough for Chicago in Boston's 2-1 OT win

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks peppered Tuukka Rask with rapid-fire shots. Tried to sneak up on him from behind. Played hot potato with the puck in front of the net in hopes of catching him off-guard and slipping one by.

None of it worked.

After giving up a goal midway through the first period Saturday night, the Boston Bruins goalie was impenetrable. He withstood a 19-shot first period, then locked down his net until his teammates could find enough offense to give the Bruins a 2-1 overtime victory and send the Stanley Cup finals to Boston tied at one game apiece. He finished with 33 saves, and stopped Game 1 winner Andrew Shaw cold on one of his six saves in OT.

Game 3 is Monday night in Boston.

Boston had the edge in goaltending coming into the series - and not simply because Chicago is ready to replace Corey Crawford at the drop of a puck.

Rask was impressive enough last season that he made Stanley Cup winner Tim Thomas expendable, and the 26-year-old from Finland has taken his game to another level this postseason. He came into the series with the highest save percentage (.943) of the playoffs, and limited the high-octane Pittsburgh Penguins to a measly two goals in a four-game sweep by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Blackhawks made Rask look mortal in Game 1, tagging him for four goals - more than he'd given up in Boston's previous five postseason games combined.

It wouldn't happen a second time.

Chicago came out flying Saturday night, and Rask needed to have his head on a swivel to keep track of all the Blackhawks around his net. He lost track once, getting beat by Patrick Sharp from the right side because he was pre-occupied with a scrum on the opposite side of the net.

That would be it, though. After getting through the rest of the period unscathed, Boston's defense tightened and Rask easily handled the few remaining chances the Blackhawks had.

 
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