by PuckStopsHere on 06/16/13 at 08:23 PM ET
I didn't comment on game two of the Stanley Cup finals yesterday because of the NHL award announcements. It is a case of poor marketing that both the awards and a game in the Stanley Cup finals are reduced in importance by being run at essentially the same time.
Game two was another overtime game. Boston won 2-1. Although this game was not a three overtime game like game one, I think it\s clear that stamina will play a big issue in these finals. The ice time of leading players was a lot more balanced than in game one with Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson all over thirty minutes. That is two players per team. This is unlike game one where the Bruins had four of the top players by ice time. I still believe that Boston has the edge if it's a stamina issue because of the easier travel they had in the East Conference, but it looked in game one like they might squander it.
Chicago could easily have won the game and some argue should have. They put the puck in the net twice in the first period but Marian Hossa's was disallowed because the referee intended to blow his whistle before it was scored. That is a problematic rule that the NHL needs to address. If the puck is in and the whistle hasn't been blown yet, it should be a goal.
Tuukka Rask had a strong game. While I still support David Krejci as Conn Smythe winner, Rask is making his case. Should Chicago win the cup it is hard to argue that they have a more valuable player in the playoffs than either of those two. At this point, Boston players have been the most valuable players in the playoffs, but I imagine that a Chicago cup win would mean a Chicago Conn Smythe winner despite that.
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