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Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw scored the game winning goal in the third overtime period to hand the Boston Bruins a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in Game 1. The pesky Shaw deflected the game winning goal past Tuukka Rask 12:08 into the third overtime period. Rask made 59 saves in the losing effort.
Milan Lucic scored two goals for his fourth and fifth of the playoffs and Patrice Bergeron added his sixth on the power play for the Bruins, who lead 3-1 with 12 minutes left in the third period. David Krejci added two assists and was 16 for 36 in the face off circle. Bergeron was stellar in the face off dot, winning 27 of 41.
Chicago bounced back minutes after going down 2-0 early in the second period when rookie Brandon Saad scored his first goal postseason. In the third period, moments after Bergeron gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead, rookie defenseman Torey Krug made a huge turnover in the defensive zone that led to Dave Bolland beating Rask with a wrist shot for his first of the playoffs. And just four minutes, a Johnny Oduya shot from the point hit Andrew Ference’s leg and trickled past Rask to tie it up.
There were numerous opportunities for both sides throughout the three overtime periods to end the game. Boston had posts hit by Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara. Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley were both shut down on breakaways by Chicago net minder Corey Crawford, who stopped 51 shots. Boston best chance to end the game came in the third overtime when Kasper Daugavins was all alone on Crawford but decided to try and deke him instead of putting the puck past him on a one timer into a wide open net. A play that many red eyed New Englanders still cannot believe they saw.
The Bruins penalty kill was tremendous in the game. Killing off all three opportunities including a five on three where they did not allow a shot on net. But the Bruins most impressive stat of the night: 40 blocked shots, with Dennis Seidenberg and Ference leading the way with nine and eight respectively. They also led the team in time on ice with 48:36 and 45:19. Chara played 45:05.
Nathan Horton left the game in overtime with a shoulder injury and is currently day to day. According to reports he is dealing with chronic left shoulder subluxation. The injury originally occurred in a fight (video here) with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarome Iginla on April 20. The Krejci-Horton-Lucic line combined for two goals and four assists on the night and has a combined total of 21 goals and 36 assists in the playoffs for 57 points.
The Bruins will look to even the series against the Blackhawks before heading back to Boston. Game 2 is on Saturday night, puck drops at 8 PM.
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