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Stanley Cup Final Game 1: Bruins-Blackhawks Snapshots

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins


12:03 a.m. (CT) - Third Overtime: BOS 3, CHI 4

BLACKHAWKS WIN IN TRIPLE-OT: One of the longest games in Stanley Cup Final history finally came to an end after more than 110 minutes of play. Chicago D-man Michal Rozsival put a shot on net from the point that was deflected by both Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw, and crossed the goal line at 12:08. 

The Bruins entered triple-OT with 1:07 remaining on a power play, but the Blackhawks’ penalty kill had one of its best stretches of the night and killed it off. Boston’s power play is now 1-for-3 tonight and 8-for-48 for the postseason. 

11:17 p.m. (CT) - Second Overtime: BOS 3, CHI 3

BRUINS HEAD TO OT #3 ON A PP: For the second time tonight, the Blackhawks were caught with too many men on the ice, giving the Bruins another shot on the power play. With only 53 seconds left in the second OT period, the B’s set up shop in the ‘Hawks end and created some great looks—none better than Zdeno Chara’s slapshot from the point that banked off the post. Boston heads into triple-overtime with 1:07 remaining on its power play.

Three Bruins defensemen—Andrew Ference, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg—have already logged more than 40 minutes of ice time. Johnny Boychuk is approaching the 40-minute mark with 38:29, and even David Krejci is starting to inch toward it with 34:05. Alternatively, Duncan Keith is the only Blackhawk that has crossed the 40-minute plateau.

The Blackhawks have put 51 shots on net so far tonight, which is the second highest total Tuukka Rask has faced this postseason (Pittsburgh recorded 54 in Game 3 of the ECF). This is only the fourth time the Bruins have allowed more than 40 shots this postseason.

Tyler Seguin has been buzzing since we entered extra time. He generated one of the B’s best scoring looks of the first overtime period and created another great look at 2:22 of double-OT. Seguin used his blazing speed to maneuver in between Blackhawks D-men Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya, opening up a breakaway opportunity. The Bruins winger tried to tuck a snapshot through Corey Crawford’s five-hole, but he couldn’t get all of a bouncing puck, and the ‘Hawks goaltender turned it aside.

10:40 p.m. (CT) - First Overtime: BOS 3, CHI 3

B’S, HAWKS GOING TO SECOND OT: The Bruins are heading for a second overtime for the second time in a week. Last Wednesday, the B’s went to double-OT with the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the ECF. Boston has played in 15 playoff games that have gone into double overtime. In those games, the Bruins are 8-7.

At 12:08, the Blackhawks were penalized for too many men on the ice, giving the Bruins’ power play its second opportunity of the night. The B’s immediately established control and set up a crisp cycle. Torey Krug and David Krejci both had opportunities off of one-timers, and Boston nearly got one after a hectic scrum broke out in Chicago’s crease. The Blackhawks were able to kill off the penalty, however, and the Bruins power play is now one-for-two tonight.

SEGUIN GETS A CHANCE, TOO: After creating a turnover on the forecheck, Tyler Seguin generated a prime scoring chance for the B’s. Seguin dished a pass out to Rich Peverley, who put a wrist shot on net from 23 feet away that Corey Crawford couldn’t control. Seguin got a stick on the rebound and the puck slid behind the Hawks’ goaltender. Just moments before Kaspars Daugavins had a chance to swoop around the net and poke the loose puck in, Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland took over for Crawford and cleared the puck out, preventing a Bruins goal.

THORNTON NEARLY POTS WINNER: The Bruins’ best scoring chance of this young overtime period came at the 3:52 mark. Daniel Paille gained possession of the puck in the neutral zone, which immediately created a 2-on-1 for him and Shawn Thornton. Once Paille crossed the blue line, he pivoted and sent a nifty backhanded pass to Shawn Thornton, who had a clear path to the net. That is, until Johnny Oduya sprawled out on the ice in desperation and managed to force Thornton into a bad angle.

9:52 p.m. (CT) - Third Period: BOS 3, CHI 3

BRUINS, BLACKHAWKS HEADED TO OVERTIME: For the sixth time this postseason, the Bruins are headed to overtime. The B’s are 4-1 in extra time so far, with their only loss coming in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are 3-1 in overtime this postseason, with their only loss coming at the hands of the Minnesota Wild in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya tied the game up at 3-3 at the 12:14 mark. Oduya drove a slapshot on net from the point that was sailing wide but was redirected into the net off of Andrew Ference’s skate. Chicago’s blue-liner now has three goals and six points for the playoffs.

 When the Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the second period, it took the Blackhawks less than three minutes to respond with a goal. Now, less than two minutes after Patrice Bergeron made it 3-1, Chicago has responded yet again. Andrew Shaw intercepted a clearing attempt from Torey Krug and carried it deep into Boston’s zone. Exhibiting great patience, he saucered a cross-ice, one-timer feed to Dave Bolland who buried his first goal of the postseason at the 8:00 mark.
BERGERON GETS ONE ON THE PP: It took 45 minutes before the Bruins power play got a chance to hit the ice, but once it did, it wasted no time cashing in. Patrice Bergeron won the initial faceoff and the puck never left Chicago’s end. Milan Lucic got the play going by winning a battle behind the Blackhawks’ net. Lucic fed Tyler Seguin in the slot, who in turn whipped a one-timer pass over to Patrice Bergeron in the right faceoff circle. Bergeron picked the top left corner of the net and potted his sixth goal of the postseason.
BRUINS’ BLOCKED SHOTS A KEY: The Bruins are being outshot 17-25, but one reason why they’re still ahead on the scoreboard is their willingness to block shots. Boston has 21 blocked shots to Chicago’s 10. Andrew Ference leads all skaters with five, while both Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Seidenberg currently rank second with four. 

8:53 p.m. (CT) - Second Period: BOS 2, CHI 1

CHARA SENT FOR HIGH-STICKING: Not long after the Bruins escaped a 5-on-3 disadvantage unscathed, they went shorthanded again. Zdeno Chara was sent to the sin bin at 12:53 after he hit Andrew Shaw up high in front of Boston’s net. The B’s penalty kill picked up where it left off and prevented the Hawks from sustaining pressure. The Bruins PK is now 48-for-55 for the layoffs, while the Blackhawks PP falls to 3-for-61.

The Bruins were on the wrong side of Game 1’s first two penalty calls. First, Nathan Horton was sent for interference at 7:37 after he checked Michael Handzus in front of Chicago’s net. Then, at 8:20, the Bruins were called for too many men on the ice after a loose puck hit Rich Peverley’s skate during a line change. Claude Julien sent Shawn Thornton to serve the two-minute minor, and the Bruins were tasked with killing 1:17 of 5-on-3 hockey. The Bruins penalty kill continued its dominance and killed both penalties, thanks in large part to three blocked shots from Dennis Seidenberg. Boston’s PK is now 47-for-54 for the postseason.

Rookie winger and Calder Trophy finalist Brandon Saad put the Blackhawks on the board at 3:08, fewer than three minutes after the Bruins extended their lead to 2-0. Saad made a great effort to get the puck in deep as he battled with Dennis Seidenberg. Marian Hossa scooped up the puck along the boards and Saad skated into the slot, where Hossa fed him with a nifty backhanded pass. Saad then powered a wrist shot past Tuukka Rask from 29 feet away, giving him his first career postseason goal. That goal snaps Rask's shutout streak at 149:36.

Just 51 seconds into the second period Milan Lucic struck again, netting his second goal of the night. David Krejci fed Lucic, who fired a slapshot from the slot from 31 feet out and snuck it right above Corey Crawford’s glove. With this goal, Lucic now has five points in his last five games. Krejci, meanwhile, has six points in his last five games. The Lucic-Krejci-Horton line has accounted for both of the team’s goals so far tonight.

8:06 p.m. (CT) - First Period: BOS 1, CHI 0


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