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June 17, 2013

Will Game 3 bring more OT in Stanley Cup finals?

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins played one of their worst periods of the year to start Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Maybe they sensed that there would still be a lot more hockey before the night was over.

Ten periods into their championship series, the Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks headed to Boston for Game 3 on Monday night. No one would be surprised if this one's as close as the first two.

"I think it's pretty much what everybody expected," Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask said Sunday. "I mean, I don't know if anybody expected to go to triple overtime the first game, but still it's been tight, one-goal games. That's usually how the playoffs go."

Neither team skated on the off-day on Sunday, instead choosing to conserve their energy after playing four extra periods while trading overtime victories that left the series tied at one game.

"It's a lot about getting your rest," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said after arriving in Boston about an hour late because of air traffic. "It's not rocket science, you just get sleep and do as best you can and do all those little things to get ready to go."

After their triple overtime win in Game 1, the Blackhawks dominated the first period of Game 2, outshooting the Bruins 19-4. Heading off the ice for the first break, Tyler Seguin ditched the microphone he had been wearing as part of the TV broadcast.

Then he went back into the dressing room so the team could hash out its problems in peace.

"It was really a mix of everybody saying something," Seguin said. "I definitely knew it was coming, so I threw my shoulder pads in the training room and put a towel over it so no one could hear what we were saying. I think we needed that team wake-up call."

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