Thursday, June 13, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 4, Bruins 3 (3OT)
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 triple-overtime win over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals at the United Center on Wednesday.
How it happened: In one of the longest games in NHL playoff history, the Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw scored the game-winning goal at 12:08 of the third overtime. The Bruins built a 3-1 lead on the Blackhawks early in the third period when Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal at 6:09. The Blackhawks fought back to tie the game and force overtime behind a goal by Dave Bolland at 8:00 and a goal by Johnny Oduya at 12:14. Milan Lucic scored the Bruins' first two goals. He scored in the first period and gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the second period.
The Bruins held the special-teams advantage in the game. They capitalized on one of their three power-play chances and killed off three Blackhawks power plays, including a five-on-three that lasted 1:17 in the second period. The Bruins haven't allowed a power-play goal in five consecutive games.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 59 saves, and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 51 saves. Rookie Brandon Saad scored the Blackhawks' first goal of the game. It was his first career playoff goal.
Player of the game: Crawford made a career-high 51 saves. He came up big time after time in the three overtimes.
What it means: The Blackhawks take a 1-0 lead in the series and keep hold of their home-ice advantage. The Blackhawks improved to 10-1 at the United Center in the playoffs this season. The Bruins fell to 5-3 on the road in the playoffs. The Blackhawks had more offensive success on the Bruins in one game than the Pittsburgh Penguins did in their entire Eastern Conference finals series. The Bruins held the Penguins to a total of two goals in four games. It was the sixth overtime game for the Bruins in the playoffs, and the fifth for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks were playing their second consecutive multi-overtime game.
What's next: The series remains in Chicago for another game. The teams will be now grateful for two days between the games. Game 2 is at 7 p.m. CT Saturday.