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Blues-Bruins continues trend of unpredictable Game 1s in Cup Final

Comebacks, overtime victories highlight series openers during past decade @NHLdotcom

The Boston Bruins' comeback 4-2 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final continued a trend of unpredictable series openers in the NHL championship round during the past decade.

The Bruins allowed the first two goals of the game before scoring four times. It was the first multigoal comeback win for Boston in a Cup Final game since the Bruins entered the NHL in 1924.

Here's a look at the comebacks, overtimes and other unpredictable events in Game 1 of the Cup Final from 2010-18.


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2018: The Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals traded the lead four times, a first in Stanley Cup Final history. Vegas won 6-4, earning a victory in its first Cup Final game.

2017: The Nashville Predators came back from three goals down to tie the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-3 before Jake Guentzel scored the go-ahead goal with 3:17 remaining in the third period. The Penguins won 5-3.

2016: The San Jose Sharks rallied from two goals down to tie the Penguins 2-2, but Nick Bonino scored with 2:33 left in the third period to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 victory.

2015: The Chicago Blackhawks trailed the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period before Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored 1:58 apart to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 road win.

2014: The Los Angeles Kings trailed the New York Rangers 2-0 late in the first period. But goals by Kyle Clifford and Drew Doughty forced overtime, and Justin Williams completed the comeback at 4:36 of overtime with his first NHL playoff OT goal for a 3-2 win.

2013: The Blackhawks trailed the Bruins 3-1 early in the third period. Goals by Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya tied the score, and the Blackhawks won 4-3 when Andrew Shaw scored at 12:08 of the third overtime. It's the fifth-longest game in Cup Final history.

2012: The Kings improved to 9-0 on the road during the 2012 playoffs when Anze Kopitar scored 8:13 into overtime for a 2-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils.

2011: Raffi Torres scored at 19:41 of the third period, the latest winning goal in regulation of a Stanley Cup Final game since 1992, to give the Vancouver Canucks a 1-0 victory against the visiting Bruins.

2010: The Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers combined for 11 goals in the highest-scoring Cup Final game since 1992. There were five goals scored in the first and second periods each before Chicago's Tomas Kopecky got the only goal in the third for a 6-5 victory.

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