(CHICAGO) — If Game 1 is a precurser for what’s to come in these Stanley Cup Finals, this series should be great.
Blackhawks defenseman Michael Rozsival’s shot from the point with 7:52 left in the third overtime tipped off David Bolland’s stick then off Andrew Shaw’s leg and past Tuukka Rask to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins Wednesday night, in Game 1 of the Cup Finals.
“I think the guys had a great game,” Shaw said. “All four lines were going and all six “D” (defensemen). And Corey (Crawford) stood in there strong for us, and we came up with the big win.”
In fact both goalies stood strong. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made 51 saves while Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 59 in the loss.
The game started in the Bruins favor. Winger Milan Lucic scoring his second goal of the game less than a minute into the second period giving the B’s a 2-0 lead. But just minutes after Lucic’s second goal Chicago rookie Brandon Saad scored his first goal of the postseason to make it 2-1.
The score stayed that way until the third period when Patrice Bergeron scored on the power play to make the score 3-1.
The Hawk’s held strong though, and tied the game on defenseman Johnny Oduya’s goal with 7:44 left in regulation.
Then after 52:08 of overtime action the Blackhawks came out on top. Still, Bruins head coach Claude Julien didn’t seem to discouraged.
“When you look at the game it could have gone either way,” Julien said. “I thought we had some real great looks in overtime and with a little bit of luck we could have ended it before they did. But that’s the name of the game…They get a good break on their tying goal going off one of our skates, so that’s the way the game goes. Some nights you get the breaks going your way, some nights you don’t.”
The game goes down as the fifth-longest in Stanley Cup Finals history.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Chicago. The puck is set to drop at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
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