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A night to remember in Chicago

Jun 13, 2013, 1:53 AM EDT

Perhaps it was the hockey gods’ way of rewarding us for coming back after another lockout.

Remember the lockout? Seems like a long time ago now.

Actually, when you think about it, maybe all that extra time off made Wednesday’s marathon thriller in Chicago possible. Both the Blackhawks and Bruins came into the 2013 Stanley Cup Final remarkably healthy after a 48-game regular season and three playoff rounds, save for one Gregory Campbell.

Certainly, neither team lacked energy in Game 1.

Well, not for the first few periods.

But let’s not start thinking that the NHL’s most recent work stoppage was even kind of a good thing; it wasn’t.

Tonight’s game was, though. This was why the fans came back. For a game like that.

And you thought it was exciting outside the United Center…

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It was a double deflection in triple overtime that ended it, giving the Blackhawks the 4-3 victory. The hero was Andrew Shaw, a 21-year-old that was drafted 139th overall a couple of years ago.

The hero might’ve been a 25-year-old Latvian playing in just his third game this postseason, except Kaspars Daugavins couldn’t bury it minutes earlier for the Bruins.

Frankly, the hero might’ve been almost anyone, given the number of chances in sudden death.

In all, there were 117 shots registered in the 112:08 of hockey — 63 on Boston’s Tuukka Rask and 54 on his counterpart, Corey Crawford, who had his name chanted by the capacity crowd of 22,110, minus the handful who showed up in Bruins sweaters.

“Crowe was great,” said ‘Hawks coach Joel Quenneville. “He kept us in there. He made several all-alone plays and saves. Had some odd-man breaks, some dangerous looks. He was great.”

Meanwhile, Bruins bench boss Claude Julien admitted the loss hurt, but he also pointed to what his team did just two years ago.

“Last time we won the Cup, we lost the first two games to Vancouver,” said Julien. “It never stopped us from coming back. This certainly won’t.

“When you look at the game, it could have gone either way. I thought we had some real great looks in overtime. With a little bit of luck, we could have ended it before they did.”

Game 2 goes Saturday.

It has some rather large shoes to fill.

  1. r8rbhawk - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    What a start to the series, hopefully each game gets better and the series goes 7

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:57 AM

      Better than this one will be a tall order! FWIW, this was the first Finals game with a lead change since Game 2 in 2011.

  2. jpat2424 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Coach juilen. Shut up

    • myspaceyourface - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      Is he French? That would explain it all.

  3. giantssb42champs - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    This seriously was one of the most exciting hockey games I’ve ever seen.

  4. tripps3 - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    What a game. Both teams played their hearts out.

  5. buffalomafia - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Wow!! What a game!

  6. myspaceyourface - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    This series is OVER.

    Rask officially lost his invisible halo, Jedi force field he had in the last series.

    Chicago will pour it on now.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      It’s not over by any means. Stop making Hawk fans look bad.

      • timmeh022 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Bandwagon fans. I tell ya.

  7. sprtsfan1 - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    This series isn’t over by a longshot! I’m saying this as a Hawks fan. Rask played out if this world last night as did Crawford. I see this going down as one of the best SCFs in recent history. Both teams played outstanding. Not a lot of cheap stuff out there. No “bad calls” by the refs. Saturday can’t come fast enough! Go Hawks!!!!

    • myspaceyourface - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      You saw the best game of the series last night.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        I think you may be proven right with that. Others should be pretty darn good, though.

    • slysipops - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      great post …wish i could give ya a hundred thumbs up !

  8. nhstateline - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    The series is over???!!!! Why ? Because Chicago made one more really nice play in triple ot, the puck bounced 90 degrees off Andy Ference’s skate and a rookie D man made a horrendous play in the third of the first game ? “The Hawks will pour it on ” You mean they were slacking off in double and triple ot ? Didn’t look like it but if they were then their excellent coaches should have them bag skate today to get their attention.

    This was an epic game between two really good teams. Someone one, someone lost. There’s another whole game on saturday that has really nothing to do with this one (imagine if this had been a back to back situation then it would have). I was really impressed with both teams and with the Hawk fans who hung in there through triple ot. We were exhausted after double ot last week. Good on the Hawk fans for bringing it all the way.

    • nhstateline - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      it’s supposed to say won not one. This is what happens when I get five hours of fitful sleep. The Daugman might not have been having bad dreams but he gave them to me earlier this morning. So close and yet……

  9. timmeh022 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    After almost 2 full games a puck managed to find the back of the net, Boston had their fair share of chances as well, this series is FAR, FAR from over. As a Hawks fan I’m saying they will not ‘pour it on’ now because they managed to win in triple OT against a Bruins team that was shorthanded on their bench because of the Horton injury. Fatigue played a major factor there, and both Goalies stood on their heads in net. 117 shots and only 7 goals?! Rask made 60 saves last night, I don’t think his ‘invisible halo’ is gone, nor will it ever disappear this series. Both of these teams are complete in all aspects. WOW.

    What a start to this best of 7 (or more) series!

    • timmeh022 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      and by 60 saves I mean 59. This is why we can’t have nice things.

  10. jb8383 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    what a great game.

  11. giantssb42champs - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Series over? Not by a long shot.

  12. papajack1259 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    For a team that in 24 straight did not lose, has not had an injury, and playing in their own building, with home crowd, and caught some nice breaks. I would be counting my blessings if I was A Chi town fan. to many men on the ice is a Coach Penalty these players do not jump over the boards on their own. In the world of luck give this one to the Hawks. the Bs will be down Horton the Hawks had no answer for that line.

  13. cfos00 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    That was an amazing game that no one deserved to lose. As a Hawks fan I was thrilled with how our boys did, that hey kept to the plan even down 2 in the third, and that Shaw got the winner (personnally, I thought Crawford, Saad, and Shaw were our best players last night, even before the Shaw goal, and Rask and the HuLK line was also very, very impressive on the other side). I was also very impressed with how well the Bruins played. This is the first team in the playoffs we’ve played that hasn’t seemed to gameplan for our big guns with a ton of stick grabbing,holding, slashing, and late hits, and just seemed to line up and say let the best man win. Both these teams looked amazing last night, both goalies stood on their heads, and the teams look about as even as possible. I felt like I was going to have about a half dozen heart attacks in the overtimes. Fans for both teams should be very proud of how their teams played last night. This should be an awesome series.

    • timmeh022 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      A positive for the Hawks is that HuLK line may not be that anymore with Horton’s injury. I’d hate to see him out the rest of the series, Boston needs him on ice.

  14. girouxed - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    They tied it with a lucky goal off of ferences skate. Luck

    • timmeh022 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Better to be lucky than good sometimes. That’s why you throw it on net and see what happens, it counts the same as if it’s a breakaway goal or one that redirects off of a defensemen. You hate to see those go in when it’s against you, but you accept it when it’s on your side. Goals like that are inevitable and can be deciders when two teams are so evenly matched.

    • slysipops - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      you never seen luck in hockey before ?? a lot if not most extended games are won on a greasy goal , not some picture perfect one …get over it! the B’s had plenty of chances for weak goals but couldn’t get it done !….GO HAWKS GO !

  15. mp1131211 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    That’s not luck. Ference was really out of position on that play and paid the price for it. Oduya had someone crashing the net and was looking for a bounce or deflection or screen. If Ference had not crossed in front of Raask trying to find his place, this wouldn’t have gone in. Weaknesses get exploited. That’s not luck.

  16. indianhead1992 - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    This series is not over but by history its in the Hawks favor now. 73% of Game 1 winners, win the series, which is good but I feel like this Game 1 was an exception for that percentage. This game was a bonus game for the team who wins, no momentum will be carried over to Game 2 (maybe the Hawks being down by 2 twice will bring some momentum) but the win in its self won’t. Both teams knew it was going to a lucky bounce to end this game. I feel Game 2 is going to be a Game 1 feeling again because of the triple OT of this one. Who ever wins Game 2 I think will have the better chance of winning the series (momentum wise).

  17. slysipops - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    first off ….anyone else think the HAWKS should get credit for a two games win ?lol! just kidding B fans! but i do think that GOD wants the HAWKS to win it all ! I MEAN, the B’s had umpteen chances to finish it off BUT…. the puck hit a stick shaft ….the post…were too tired to reach a laying there free puck in front of the net…etc. etc. face it B fans it MUST be DEVINE INTERVENTION !….GO HAWKS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Captain Obvious says this is going to be as tightly contested a series as any in Stanley Cup history.

  19. foleysfish - Jun 14, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    You can really tell by the comments in here that these two fan bases are real hockey fans. The meatball comments have been at a minimum. There is still some but both these teams and the fans have respect for each other. As for the game has to go down as best game of the year so far, and we have 6 more to go. I expect these teams will make adjustments and the game will very low scoring game alot like the way the overtime went last night. Can’t wait to watch. Go Hawks

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