CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks absolutely blitzed the Boston Bruins in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was forced to make 18 saves in the first 20 minutes and only one other shot got by him.
It was nearly two.
The Blackhawks continued to pour the pressure on after Patrick Sharp started the scoring and appeared to have a goal, the puck tucked in the corner behind Rask in the net. The problem? The whistle had blown.
Here is the NHL's official statement:
At 12:32 of the first period in the Blackhawks/Bruins game, video review was initiated by the NHL Situation Room because the puck entered the Boston net. The referee had blown the play dead prior to Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa pushing the goaltender's pads and the puck across the goal line. No goal Chicago.
If the Bruins are able to wake up and mount a comeback, that call will loom mighty large.
But it's going to take a complete 180 for that to be an issue. Shots on goal were 19-4 after 20 minutes in favor the Blackhawks and the attempts were 30-5. Again, 30-5! To put that into further perspective, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa each had more shots on goal in the first period than the Bruins as a team.