CHICAGO — They were thrown together at the end of a lackluster first period, partly out of desperation, partly out of a coach’s hunch in an attempt to tilt the ice in the Bruins’ favor after they started Game 2 skating uphill.
In what turned out to be one of his shrewdest moves of the night, Bruins coach Claude Julien, constantly mixing and matching his bottom six forwards after Gregory Campbellwent down with a broken right leg in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, paired speedy forwards Daniel Pailleand Tyler Seguinon a line centered by gritty veteran Chris Kelly.
It paid huge dividends when the revamped line produced a pair of goals Saturday night in the Bruins’ 2-1 overtime victory over the Blackhawks before a stunned United Center crowd of 22,154 that enabled the Bruins to head home with the best-of-seven series knotted up at one.
“We didn’t have much going,’’ Julien said. “At one point, I thought that line would give us something. They responded well. Got both goals tonight. It’s a hunch from a coach.’’
It proved a winning hunch when Paille carried the puck into the zone for a wraparound bid Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawfordturned away. Kelly, who had gone scoreless in his previous 21 playoff games, came swooping in to shovel home the juicy rebound to tie the game, 1-1, at 14:58 of the second period.
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