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Blackhawks Overcome Bruins in an Epic First Game

by Photo of Karly Redpath

The first game of the Stanley Cup finals entered triple OT and Chicago managed to win it by 1.

Blackhawks Overcome Bruins in an Epic First Game

The three periods of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final were just as exciting as the three overtimes played on June 12. The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins played over 112 minutes of hockey and put themselves in the record books as they played the fifth longest game in Stanley Cup final history. The Blackhawks managed to squeak out a 4-3 win in a very Bruins-esque fashion.

Late in the third overtime, Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw got in the way of a tipped puck at the right time. The shot, taken by Michal Rosival, was tipped by Dave Bolland and deflected off Shaw's stick. The change of direction left Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask helpless in net as the puck sailed past him, giving the Blackhawks a 1-0 series lead.

Boston had an early lead in the game, forcing the Blackhawks into comeback mode. Milan Lucic had two goals in the first two periods and added an assist in the third period to put Boston up 3-1. Patrice Bergeron scored the final goal for the Bruins in the third period, and David Krejci finished the night with two assists.

Rask was incredible in the goal, totaling 59 saves in the game. The Bruins loss marked the end of their streak. They had won 9 of their last 10 games.

The Blackhawks are 8-1 in their last nine games and improved to 10-1 at home in the playoffs. Perhaps their experience overcoming a close series with the Red Wings (where they came back from a 3-1 deficit) or their more recent double overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings to make the final prepared Chicago for this hard-fought battle against Boston.

The Blackhawks seemed to remain more physical and faster on the ice as time wore on, but luck was the ultimate factor that gave them the game.

Rookie of the Year nominee Brandon Saad scored his first goal of the post-season early in the second period. Crawford came up big for his teammates making stops on chances for Shawn Thorton and Brad Marchand, and helped the Blackhawks stay in the game.

After Bergeron's powerplay in the third period, the Blackhawks began turned the game around. Dave Bolland and Jonny Oduya (whose shot went off the skate of Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference) scored within five minutes of one each other and tied the game 3-3 with 7:46 to go in the third.

After two scoreless overtimes, with many opportunities for both teams to win it, the goalies prevailed.

In an interview with Steve Levy of ESPN, Shaw was asked how winning such a demanding game against the Bruins, who have played so well during the playoffs, meant. "It's huge," Shaw said. "It just shows our team has heart and character and that we always want to win. We have that drive to win the Stanley Cup, we have to push this momentum forward."

Game 1 has set the tone for the rest of the series between these two teams. Game 2 will take place on Saturday June 15 at 7 p.m CT.

Expectations were high for the first game of the series. It will be hard to top a triple-OT classic like this moving forward, but a thrilling tone has been set for this Stanley Cup Final between two highly skilled and highly competitive teams.. 

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