CHICAGO — Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien called it a hunch.
After the Blackhawks dominated the Bruins in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, Julien wanted to do something to shake up a disappointed visitors’ locker room at the United Center.
He threw together a new line made up of Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin, who turned the coach’s hunch into the Bruins’ 2-1 overtime victory over the Hawks.
Kelly scored a second-period goal, and Paille had the winner to help turn a big performance by goaltender Tuukka Rask into a big road win.
The Bruins evened the series at 1-1 before heading home to Boston for Game 3 on Monday night.
“We didn’t have much going,” Julien said. “At one point I thought that line would give us something. They responded well.”
Much of the focus in the early part of this series has been on the Bruins’ top line, led by David Krejci, which has been one of the most productive of the playoffs. As Paille took a pass from Seguin and bounced in the winning goal off the post and past Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford with 6 minutes, 12 seconds to play in overtime, the Bruins gave the Hawks a taste of the depth they have been touting.
“The bottom two lines have to take part of the blame of the last couple of games and realizing we need to be better,” Paille said. “Once the lines change, you have to let things go, realize you have new linemates and you want to do as much as you can to help out.”
Paille also assisted on Kelly’s goal, gaining control of the puck behind the net and knocking a shot at Crawford. Kelly chipped in the rebound with 5:02 to play in the second period to tie the game at 1. It was his first point of the playoffs.
“Everyone would love to score and score consistently,” Kelly said. “For whatever reason, I haven’t. I try to stay positive. As long as the team’s doing well.
“I know that’s kind of a cliche, but that’s kind of how our room is. On any given night, someone can step up. Paille showed that tonight.”
Kelly’s goal came after a brutal first period for the Bruins, who managed just four shots to the Hawks’ 19.
Patrick Sharp sent one of those shots by Rask 11:22 into the first period during a chaotic sequence in which several Bruins bodies piled on the ice around the Bruins goaltender.