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Stanley Cup finals Game 1 postgame notes: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 (3OT)

Posted By Mike Petraglia On June 13, 2013 @ 1:25 am In General | 1 Comment

The Blackhawks celebrate winning Game 1 in come-from-behind fashion. (AP)

Andrew Shaw scored off a double deflection at 12:08 of triple overtime to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago. It was the longest overtime game in Stanley Cup finals play since Petr Klima beat the Bruins in triple overtime in Game 1 of the 1990 finals at Boston Garden.

With 52 minutes, eight seconds of overtime play, it was the fifth-longest finals game in history and the longest since Detroit beat Carolina on June 8, 2002, a game that took 54 minutes, 47 seconds. The longest game in finals history came on May 15, 1990, at Boston Garden when Petr Klima scored at 55:13 of overtime.

Tuukka Rask made 59 saves while Corey Crawford stopped 51 shots for the Blackhawks.

Milan Lucic scored Boston’s first two goals of the Stanley Cup finals, staking Boston to a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Lucic scored on a pretty assist from Nathan Horton just over 13 minutes into the game.

Lucic scored on a shot from between the circles just 51 second into the second period.

OTHER NOTES

• The game was the longest of this postseason at 52:08 of overtime and stands as the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup final history.

• The Bruins played their 123rd lifetime playoff overtime game, and they now have a 53-67-3 record in playoff overtime. They are 4-2 in overtime in this postseason. It was their 64th on the road and that record now stands at 23-40-2.

• It was Boston’s 21st multiple-overtime playoff game in their history and second of this postseason. It was the sixth game in their history to go into three or more overtimes and they now have a 3-2 mark in triple-overtime games and an 0-1 record in a six-overtime game. It was the fourth-longest game in Bruins history.

• The Blackhawks played their 84th lifetime playoff overtime game, and they now have a 45-39 record in playoff overtime. They are 4-1 in overtime in this postseason. It was their 43rd on home ice, and that record now stands at 27-16.

• It was Chicago’s 20th multiple-overtime playoff game in their history and second of this postseason. It was the seventh game in their history to go into three or more overtimes and they now have a 4-3 mark in triple-overtime games. It was the third-longest game in Blackhawks history.

• The Bruins played their sixth lifetime playoff overtime game vs. the Blackhawks, with a 3-3 record in those contests. This was the first overtime playoff game between these clubs since a 4-3 Boston win in Chicago on April 21, 1978, with Peter McNab scoring the winning goal, and was the Blackhawks’ first postseason overtime win vs. the Bruins since a Jim Pappin score for a 4-3 win in Chicago on April 23, 1974.

• The Bruins now have a 3-11-2 lifetime overtime mark in Stanley Cup finals games, with Wednesday’s game their first such game since a 3-2 loss in Vancouver on June 4, 2011 (Alexandre Burrows, 0:11).

• The Blackhawks now have a 7-2 lifetime overtime mark in Stanley Cup finals games, with Wednesday’s game their first such game since Patrick Kane scored at 4:06 of OT to clinch the Blackhawks’ fourth championship with a 4-3 win in Philadelphia on June 9, 2010.

RECORDS WHEN WINNING/LOSING GAMES 1 and 2

• The Bruins now have a 48-46 lifetime record in Game 1s of best-of-seven series with a 6-12-1 record in Game 1s of Stanley Cup finals series. They are 13-32 lifetime when trailing a best-of-seven series 0-1 and they are 17-28 lifetime in Game 2s when trailing a best-of-seven series 0-1.

• The Blackhawks now have a 30-46 lifetime record in Game 1s of best-of-seven series with a 6-6 record in Game 1s of Stanley Cup finals series. They are 21-8 lifetime when leading a best-of-seven series 1-0 and they are 17-12 lifetime in Game 2s when leading a best- of-seven series 1-0.

• The Bruins are 1-10 lifetime when trailing a Stanley Cup finals series 0-1, with their win in that situation coming with their 2011 victory, and they are 2-9 lifetime in Game 2s when trailing a Stanley Cup finals series 0-1 (Note: Their first Stanley Cup finals game in 1927 ended in a 0-0 tie).

• The Blackhawks are 4-1 lifetime when leading a Stanley Cup finals series 1-0 and they are 3-2 lifetime in Game 2s when leading a Stanley Cup finals series 1-0.

WHO’S HOT

Milan Lucic had two goals and an assist, giving him two goals and four assists in four of his last five games. The last Bruins with multiple goals in a Stanley Cup finals game were Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, who both had two in Game 7 in Vancouver on June 15, 2011. It is Lucic’s 12th career multiple-point playoff game and matches his career high for points in a playoff game.

David Krejci had two assists, giving him four goals and two assists in four of his last five games and giving him nine goals and 14 assists in 13 of his 17 games played. He entered the game as the league’s postseason leader in goals and points, and Wednesday’s points give him the playoff assists lead as well. It is Krejci’s 19th career multiple-point playoff game.

Patrice Bergeron had a goal, extending his point streak to four games, with 3-2-5 totals in that span.

Nathan Horton had an assist, giving him nine points in five of his last seven games.

• Chicago’s Marian Hossa had an assist, giving him three goals and five assists in seven of his last nine games.

After Lucic gave Boston a 2-0 lead, the Hawks got one back on a Brandon Saad goal, the first of the playoffs for the Chicago rookie, at 3:08 of the second. With the Bruins protecting a 2-1 lead, the Blackhawks had a golden opportunity to get the equalizer when Horton was called for interference and David Krejci was called for stepping on the ice too soon in his shift, and the Bruins were called for too many men moments later. But the Bruins allowed no shots on the 5-on-3 disadvantage and just one overall during the power play. The Bruins blocked three shots to help the penalty-killing.

The Bruins appeared to be in great position to wrap up Game 1 in Chicago when Patrice Bergeron rifled a power-play shot past Crawford from the left circle just over six minutes into the third period, giving Boston its second two-goal lead of the game at 3-1.

But the Blackhawks responded. Derek Bolland scored less than two minutes after Bergeron’s tally to make it 3-2, following a rookie mistake from defenseman Torey Krug., who tried a risky cross-ice pass that was picked off just over the blue line.

Johnny Oduya tied the game when he fired a slap shot that went off the left skate of Andrew Ference and trickled past Rask with 7:43 left in regulation.

The Bruins had a power-play chance in overtime when the Blackhawks were called for too many men. Krug, Krejci and Bergeron all had shots in the man advantage but could not finish. The Bruins suffered another blow when they lost Nathan Horton midway through the first overtime when he appeared to clench something in his upper body while staked out in front of the Chicago net. He did not return.

Tyler Seguin broke cleanly in on net just two minutes into double overtime but was stopped by Crawford.

It was Boston’s sixth overtime game of the playoffs.

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