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Discuss: Hawks win fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Final history

Jun 13, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks support their team in the first period as Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins skates by in Game One of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

Well, going into this, we talked about how it would be a close series, so naturally Game 1 had to be the longest game of the 2013 playoffs and the fifth longest in the history of the Stanley Cup Final. Both teams had chances in overtime, but in the end Chicago forward Andrew Shaw scored the winner with the help of Dave Bolland and Michal Rozsival.

Here are the game notes:

  • Since the NHL started with best-of-seven finals in 1939, the winner of Game 1 has captured the Stanley Cup 76.7% of the time.
  • The last time a Stanley Cup Final game lasted more than a single overtime period was June 2, 2008, according to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.
  • This game reached triple digits in a lot of different ways. Over 100 combined shots on goals, faceoffs, hits — and minutes played.
  • The Boston Bruins couldn’t score a single power-play goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals, but Patrice Bergeron nailed one early in their first opportunity against the Blackhawks. That being said, Chicago shut them down in the Bruins’ other power-play opportunities.
  • Back in the regular season, Chicago was the best team in the league when trailing after two periods with a 4-5-1 record.
  • Before tonight, Boston hadn’t trailed in a game since May 25, according to CSN’s Joe Haggerty
  • In one game, the Chicago Blackhawks have scored more goals against the Boston Bruins than the Penguins did in their entire series.
  • Chicago had 4:43 minutes of ice time, including their 5-on-3 power-play, but they only managed two shots on goal, according to the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa.
  1. burgh916 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Who would have thought, putting someone in front of the net would do wonders… DAN

    Great game though!! Going to be an awesome series for sure!

    • badintent - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      Too Long. Ran out of popcorn. bring back the shootout after the first OT.

      • Windmiller4 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        This is a classic example of a fairweather hockey ^^

      • badintent - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Nah, I just can’t justify sitting around that much for anything, even watching Kim’s sex video.If the ice girls went topless , then maybe I could.

      • Windmiller4 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM


  2. imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Wow, hope the Bruins can regroup. Lucky for them the next one is not until Saturday.

    • stakex - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:13 AM

      Going to be hard. Not only did they blow a 3-1 3rd period lead, but they had a lot of good chances to win the game in overtime and simply failed to do it. Not easy to get over that.

      • bruinsyea - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        Two great teams with some (un)lucky bounces. I still think this series can go either way.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:47 AM

        Epic game! Can we have 6 more of those, please?
        As for coming back, this was the 47th 3OT game in NHL history. In just 10 of the 46 that we can know about just yet did the loser of the 3OT game come back to win the series. That’s lopsided enough to suggest that it is not easy to play so hard for so long and get nothing but exhausted and still have the mental and physical energy to prevail. But, for Bruins fans: in the Finals, that stat is much more even. In the 7 prior Finals series that saw a 3OT game, the game loser came back to win the Cup 3 times. And in 2 of the 4 times they did not, they didn’t get the chance, as the 3OT game ended the series (Uwe Krupp and Brett Hull netted the Cup winners in 3OT).

      • chicagobtech - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Six more games like that? Cardiologists in Chicago and Boston would be overworked, and wives would be pissed! Sorry, but no.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        No doubt. I’ve already redlining the wife aggro with the compressed schedule and games every other night, or 3 games in 4 nights. Four or five more multiple OT games would get my sports package cancelled.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      With the amount of time Chara and Ferrence had to play under Julien’s ‘system’, Chara didn’t more a shift but he must be sore after that dive he took to ‘draw’ the penalty that resulted in the Bruins’ third goal on the PP. I’d guess Chicago gets the advantage with that long game. That said, the Hawks looked like the more tired team in the second and third OTs.

  3. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:10 AM


    Great win Blackhawk fans!!…..way to battle!!!

  4. cspsrbums - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Bs had it right before the goal if that guy 1 times it. He blew it

  5. indianhead1992 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Please no trash talking, just take in this game. amazing game both teams deserved to win but their has to be one winner. Great job Boston and Chicago

  6. stakex - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Boston shouldn’t sleep very well tonight. They had a lot of chances to win this game in overtime, and a lot of good chances at that. When you have a chance to beat a team that out played you for long periods of a game… you have to do it. I think this game will haunt Boston if they lose the series.

    One think I will say is that the refs called a very good game. They let them play, and they kept it consistent. Chicago deserved their two many men calls in overtime, and there was no “make even” calls… which was great to see.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      One of the few well officiated games in these playoffs…. Just keep it consistent. Great effort by both teams. A perfect example why I love this sport so much

  7. mp1131211 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    So- Did Shaw drop the F bomb in the post game interview or did he say “Puck in” ? I couldn’t tell

    • r8rbhawk - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      He definitely slipped in an F bomb, Pierre just rolled with it

      • mp1131211 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        That’s going to be a nice little fine for NBC then. Hope a triple overtime games worth it for them.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:44 AM

        Actually, mp, as I understand the rules, there will most likely be no fine at all. First, it was after 10pm even in the West, and second, to quote the FCC: The FCC has defined broadcast indecency as “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory organs or activities.” And one F-bomb won’t bring their whistles to their lips.

      • mp1131211 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:56 AM

        I don’t know why I can’t post with a link to this, but there is an article I was just reading that says the FCC can no longer fine TV stations for breaking the swearing and nudity rules. Did not know that…..

    • ronthecubsfan - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Thought I heard that, but wasn’t too sure.

  8. hockeyfan28 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Tonight proved yet again I don’t care what team you stick but the NHL playoffs >>>NBA playoffs

  9. comeonnowguys - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    There’s so much to be proud of no matter what team you root for. Giant tip of the cap to 40 guys who never quit.

  10. earpaniac - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Wow! What a game. The 2 teams are evenly matched, it’s just the Hawks are a little bit better. Their depth is better. And they do have “a bunch of Letangs” back there, but unlike the original, they can play defense too.

  11. tibbs7 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM


  12. therolandobottom - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Bruins handed the game over. It won’t happen again

    • 19to77 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Right. Because that’s exactly what a fan says about a team that just played most of three overtimes. “They just handed it over” after fighting tooth and nail for nearly two entire games. You’re a sh*tty fan.

    • mp1131211 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      Can’t really put enough thumbs down on this

  13. 1901wmadison - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Looked like the hawks were going to give away a game at home that they outplayed the bruins for most of – way to fight back and protect home ice. Nice to start what’s sure to be a very tight series with a win.

  14. r8rbhawk - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Helluva game, I’m glad my team won but hats off to the Bruins.

    • 2difshoe - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Agree !

      2 great teams gave their all….Crawford was just a bit better in game 1 !

      Respect to the Bruins, this will be a great series…thank goodness we have home ice, but with these 2 teams, that just might not matter !

      Hawk fan

  15. giantssb42champs - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    WOW what an amazing game.

  16. confoundgordon - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    That’s the most exhausting hockey game I’ve seen in my lifetime! Felt like I have to order oxygen tanks when it ended.

  17. therolandobottom - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    19to77 go watch some 96 avalanche highlights before I slap the computer out of your hands

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      You have a problem with a real fan pointing out the truth that you’re a bad fan, cry about it to your mom, I’m sure she’ll listen.

  18. neelybourque778 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Bruins gave it away.

  19. therolandobottom - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Are you two lovers? what would you clown shoes know about a real fan. I’m sure you all rejoice in defeat since your teams are so used to it.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      Idk what team you’re a fan of but if you say our teams are used to defeat then that just proves our point that were REAL fans, idiot. And, 5 Cup wins between our two teams in the past 20 years doesn’t really get you used to losing.

  20. r8rbhawk - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    So it took just one period for the Hawks to match the total amount of goals scored by the Pens in the last series and just one game to double the output. Credit to coach Q for being willing to shakeup his lines in the middle of the game to add a spark or get a matchup.

  21. therolandobottom - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Wow, 5 cup wins between you two lovebirds. Let me relinquish my fandom right away….

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      How longs your team been around? Or better yet, how many Cups and Final appearances since when the Devils were established? You are just a sad hater.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      Anyways, funny how any idiot can deny the Devil’s dominance in the past 10-20 years, maybe only a fan of a team that just lost in the Finals.

  22. therolandobottom - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    If you read the thread you would know whom I’m a fan of, and then you would realize how ridiculously stupid your last statement was. Go to bed little person.

  23. jpat2424 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    No kidding. Doc “worst announcer ever” Emrick. Didn’t mention it at all.

  24. mp1131211 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Might want to check that “ice time” bullet point at the end, Ryan. Power play time?

  25. s2mikey - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Looked early on like Boston was going to run away with it but Chicago came back hard. Triple overtime is silly though. They should go to 4 on 4 after the first OT or something. Anyone saying Boston gave it away is just a cranky bruins fan. Boston got outplayed in most of the 3rd period. This just in….. See y’all in game 2!

  26. tripps3 - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Unbelievable game. Lucic was a beast but the Hawks didn’t let it get to them and they kept coming. Go hawks.

  27. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Other than the TO by Krug, which for some reason decided to clear the zone through the middle of the ice as opposed to using the boards, (rookie mistake), the B’s played an excellent game. hawks made some costly mistakes on the 3 B goals, but Crawford and Rask kept their team in the game. It was a terrible TO. Mistakes are magnified in the playoffs, and none more so than in the SCF. B’s three goals were because the hawks had three defensive breakdowns. Goal 1 Hjarmalsson failed to take his man out of the play behind the net. He lost the battle and his player he tried to check made the pass to the front of the net. Goal 2 bad pinch by the d man, TJ took off for the line change leaving only 4 hawks in the d zone, and Kane just quit which left Lucic all alone in the slot. Goal 3 on the PK had 4 players on the same side of the ice leaving leaving Bergeron wide open on the opposite side.

  28. LampyB - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Bummer for the B’s. had way more chances throughput OT than the Hawks. Just couldn’t pull it together. Felt like the B’s deserved the win, they were better than the Hawks in OT. Costly mistakes handed Chicago a chance on a silver platter. Heck, they didn’t even have to score one of ’em!

  29. ronthecubsfan - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Several random comments:

    • Great game. Unfortunately, someone had to lose. Glad it was the Bruins 😉.

    • A couple of bad break for the Bruins in the OTs with the posts.

    • WTF is up with all the “too many men” penalties. Is it really that complicated?

    • I wish there would be as much love in the media today for Rask as there is for Crawford. He also made great saves and plenty of them. At least one post shot by the Hawks but not many mistakes. One lucky bounce sends it to OT and one crazy double-deflection sends him home a loser. Not really sure that’s his fault.

    • I am going to publicly state that Johnny Oduya had a great game. I don’t often have so much nice to say about him, but this game was pretty special for him. He played pretty good at both ends, pinched at the right times, got has a$$ back when he needed to, …. Good job, Johnny.

  30. eckhal1 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Great game by both teams, was a long night here in Chicago. Should be a great series.
    B’s have to be wondering what happened, with none of the big five Hawks scorers (Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Toews, Bickell) scoring and their three goals was not enough. Lets see what happens on Saturday. Nothing like good cup hockey..

  31. knowfishbluefish - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    It was one of the best games I’ve seen and I held season tix for the Bs for some 12 years. During the last 4 periods I was yelling at the Bs ‘take the body!’ Man Chicago can steal that puck well. My kids don’t understand me saying ‘Good Job’ to the other team!

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