Marathon Men- Andrew Shaw’s Tip in of a Michal Rozsival slap shot at the 112:08 mark of the game gave the Chicago Blackhawks a hard earned 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Shaw’s goal tip in to the left of Boston goalie Tuukka Rask ended the fifth longest Stanley Cup round game in NHL history. The Blackhawks rallied from a 3-1 third period deficit to get the game into overtime. Little did they know that from that point it would take until the stroke of midnight local time to finish the job. The Blackhawks Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya scored four minutes apart in the later half of the final regulation period to extend this seasons Stanley Cup opener. For the game the Blackhawks outshot the Bruins 63-54. Bolland also got an assist on the game winning goal as well.
Milan Lucic scored the Bruins first two goals and staked Boston to a 2-0 lead just :51 seconds into the second period. Brandon Saad would light the lamp for Chicago just over two minutes later to pull the Blackhawks to within one. Boston would regain their two goal lead early in the third period on a power play goal from Patrice Bergeron in taking quick advantage of a Michael Frolik tripping penalty. During the overtime periods each team had their share of chances however both goalies, Raak for Boston and Corey Crawford for Chicago held up through the extra periods making some very tough saves to keep the game tied. Over 22,000 fans filled the United Center in Chicago for the Stanley Cup Opener, the Hawks second in the last four seasons.The fans who were in attendance found themselves experiencing some history and what had become in effect the hockey equivalent of a double header.
Chicago missed a huge opportunity that had they converted may have ended the contest a few hours earlier. In the second period the Blackhawks had a rare 5 on 3 opportunity for an entire 1:17 when Nathan Horton and Shawn Thornton went to the penalty box within 43 seconds of each other. However the Bruins were able to rally down two men and hold the Blackhawks without a shot on goal during this stretch.
Game 2- Both teams are probably very happy to see the second game of the Stanley Cup final isn’t until Saturday Night. The Game will be carried on NBC Sports Net in the US (CBC-TV in Canada) with a start time of 7pm in Chicago (5pm on the west coast)… for a box score click on the link below:
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