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Bruins Need To Make Adjustments After Game One Collapse

Posted by Carter Brown on 6/13/2013 7:38:31 PM

The Boston Bruins are widely regarded as one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. So when they allowed a 3-1 third-period lead to slip away in game one, it was that much more concerning. The Bruins will try to bounce back from a 4-3 triple-overtime loss when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks in game two on Saturday, with one more chance to earn the all-important road split. No team in the history of the Stanley Cup Finals has squandered a multi-goal lead in game one and still come back to win the online sports betting series, so history is not on Boston’s side.

Stanley Cup Finals – Game 2
Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks
Saturday June 15, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NHL Sports Betting Line: Chicago – 150

The Blackhawks finally broke through against the Bruins in a way that no team had been able to in a very long time, and will now try to ride the momentum of such an emotional comeback win in game two. Boston will need to make adjustments after failing to close out when it had a two-goal lead, but must come out with the same sense of urgency it showed in the series opener.

NHL Betting Preview: Boston Bruins

Milan Lucic was an absolute beast for the Bruins in game one with two goals and an assist on Boston’s three goals, but he is going to need some more help from his teammates in the scoring department. Patrice Bergeron scored on the powerplay to make it 3-1, but Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, and David Krejci all missed chances to end the game in overtime, and they can’t afford to let those opportunities slip away. Tuukka Rask’s 59-save performance was one of the highlights of game one even though he didn’t get as much credit as he deserved being on the losing end.

NHL Betting Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

Corey Crawford certainly got a ton of props after he made 51 saves in the game-one-win, including several big stops in the overtime period that gave Chicago the chance to complete the comeback. Crawford will need to at least hold his own against Rask in this series, and he certainly did in game one. Andrew Shaw was the overtime hero in game one as both he and David Bolland finished with a goal and an assist. The fact that Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Patrick Kane all went pointless and the Blackhawks still won is impressive, but that trip will need to pick it up in game two.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Bruins were right there in game one with the chance to win and steal home ice in the series, but they came up short and there will now be a ton of pressure on them in game two to avoid being swept on the road. Chicago made adjustments throughout game one and managed to find what worked in order to win an exciting and dramatic series opener, and after conceding a two-goal lead on the road in game one it is now Boston that is behind the eight-ball in this online sports betting series.

NHL Betting Pick: Chicago Blackhawks


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