Blackhawks Defeat Bruins in 4-3 Triple-OT

 

Blackhawks Defeat Bruins 4-3 in Triple Overtime. 

 

It took just over 112 minutes of ice time for them to do it, but the Chicago Blackhawks are skating away from Game 1 with a well-deserved win over the Boston Bruins. 

 

The Eastern Conference Champions were the first to strike midway through the first period with a goal by Milan Lucic.  The Blackhawks were unable to even the score in the first 20 minutes, but surprisingly kept pace with the Bruins in physical play, delivering some heavy hits right from the first puck drop. 

 

Lucic wasted no time getting another point on the board for the Bruins; scoring again only 51 seconds into the second for a 2-0 Boston lead.  

 

Brandon Saad was the Hawk to bring some life to the United Center, notching not only the first point of the series for the Blackhawks, but also the first playoff goal of his career to cut the deficit in half 2-1.

 

Things did not look too good for Chicago moving into the third period, especially after they allowed a quick PPG by Patrice Bergeron to give Boston a 3-1 lead.  It was finally Dave Bolland to cut the spread two minutes later, and Johnny Oduya evened things out for the Hawks shortly thereafter.  All tied up at 3-3, the game was headed to overtime. 

 

The average playoff overtime lasts somewhere between nine and ten minutes; this game was different.  Chicago and Boston were not going to let anything up, and despite being handed a very timely power play opportunity, the Bruins could not edge the Blackhawks through an extra 20 minutes on the ice. 

 

Already through eighty minutes of play, both teams kept their stride and pace in double overtime, matching at 10 SOG, but it wasn’t enough to seal the deal for either side and the game was well on its way to being one of the longest in Stanley Cup Final history.  

 

The Hawks were able to kill off another penalty for too many men on the ice heading into triple overtime, and once again resumed their roles in one of the most evenly matched games of the playoffs. 

 

One hundred and twelve minutes into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Michal Rozsival takes a shot that was not going to make it to the net, but the puck redirects twice off of Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw in front of the net to give Tuukka Rask the slip.  Shaw gets the credit for the goal, and the Blackhawks take the victory 4-3 in 3OT. 

 

And that was only Game 1!!

 

If this opening game tells us anything, it’s that this is going to be one heck of a series.  Two teams that had not met on the ice all season until the puck drop in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, both offensively and defensively talented, and both with stellar goaltenders. 

This series will be a battle won between the posts.  Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford made 63 and 54 saves during the Game 1 stretch respectively.  The goals allowed were definitely not the cleanest or the prettiest, and both teams are going to have to continue to fight their way to the back of the net by any means necessary.  

 

Aren’t you glad Game 2 isn’t until Saturday?