By: Dan Cole | KFAN.com
Saturday night marked the Chicago Blackhawks' third-straight overtime playoff game, this time coming out on the losing end to pick up their second loss in their last 10 games and even the Stanley Cup Finals at one game apiece.
Bruins winger Daniel Paille netted the overtime winner at the 13:48 mark of the extra period to knot the series at one before the teams head to Boston for Monday night's Game 3.
Patrick Sharp buried the first goal of the game for the Blackhawks in the first period, moving him into a tie with Bruins center David Krejci for the league lead in goals with nine this postseason. The goal was Sharp's first since Game 1 of the Blackhawks/Kings series back on June 1.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 29 of 30 shots on Saturday night and has now stopped 254 of his last 262 shots faced dating back to Game 5 against the Rangers on May 25.
That's a .970 save percentage and an average of 36 saves per game in that span, making him one of the leading candidates for the Conn Smythe Trophy should the Bruins win the Cup.
Home ice advantage will likely play a deciding role the rest of the series, as well.
The Blackhawks are 10-1-1 at home this postseason compared to a 3-3-1 record on the road. They're averaging 3.17 goals per game at home and just 2.0 on the road.
This could be problematic for Chicago on Monday night as the series moves to Boston, where the Bruins are 7-2 in the playoffs and haven't lost since May 10 against the Maple Leafs.
Fatigue is also certain to become a factor, as the Blackhawks and Bruins have already played over 185 minutes in the first two games of the series as opposed to the usual 120.
The Bruins have played in seven overtime games this postseason, more than any other team in the league.
Game 3 is slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Monday night and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.