CHICAGO -- If Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask didn't play as well as he did in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, the Chicago Blackhawks could have easily taken a 2-0 lead in this series.
The Blackhawks took the early lead in Game 2, but Rask made 18 saves in the opening 20 minutes to minimize the damage for his sloppy, slow and subpar teammates. Chicago created plenty of quality chances and could have had a multi-goal lead, but Rask was calm, square to the puck and held the Blackhawks at bay.
"Well, we definitely were in survival mode there for a bit. It looked like they had more guys out there than we did," Rask said. "They were bouncing on every single puck in front of net, had a lot of chances. We definitely played pretty bad.
"But, you know, it was good that we were only down by one and regrouped after that."
"Tuukka was solid for us in the net and we realized we could've been down by more than one," Paille said. "We definitely count ourselves lucky and we were able to respond in the second and third."
The one goal Rask did allow wasn't his fault.
There was a mad scramble in front of Rask, who made three consecutive saves before Chicago's Patrick Sharp scored at 11:22 of the first period.
"Well, every goal you let in you have a chance to save," Rask said. "I'm not going to blame myself for that. I think there were three or four saves before that goal. I couldn't find that puck until the last second. But, you know, I mean, they had 19 shots, and one goes by you. I mean, it happens sometimes."
The Bruins have become used to receiving solid goaltending. Rask has been the team's most consistent player during the entire Stanley Cup playoffs.
"He's been our goaltender the whole year and he's played that way," Paille said. "He's calm. He's confident, and for us it's something we love to have on our team. He's a big part of our success."