Blackhawks defeat Bruins in third OT of Stanley Cup Final opener
By The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 1:15 a.m.
CHICAGO — Andrew Shaw scored on a deflection in triple overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night.
Michael Roszival shot the puck from the right point into traffic. It deflected off Dave Bolland and Shaw before slipping past Tuukka Rask. Boston's Kaspars Daugavins had a huge opportunity midway through the third overtime, but his backhand shot in the crease went wide after Johnny Oduya got a stick on him.
All of this came after Jaromir Jagr nearly won it for Boston in the closing seconds of the second OT when the puck deflected off him and hit the post, preserving the tie.
The Bruins were on a power play after Chicago got called for too many men on the ice with 52.8 seconds left in the second OT. Zdeno Chara's shot from the right point hit Jagr in the slot and deflected off the right post.
The Blackhawks got third-period goals from Dave Bolland and Oduya to erase a 3-1 deficit. Corey Crawford was spectacular in the extra period.
Crawford made a sprawled-out pad save on Shawn Thornton about four minutes into OT, and he stood his ground in a flurry with just under eight minutes remaining, stopping Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin on the rebound to draw oohs and ahhs from the crowd.
In the second overtime, Patrick Kane had a chance to win it. But he fired wide left off the end of his blade from the edge of the crease seven minutes into the period. Chicago's Michael Frolik just missed high and wide with 6:30 remaining, and Shaw's stuff-in attempt with 3:51 left got stuffed by Rask.
Pittsburgh native Brandon Saad scored Chicago's first goal.
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