Blackhawks use Depth to Take Game 1

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -It remains to be seen if the Chicago Blackhawks are the best team in the NHL, but there should be little doubt they are the most exciting club to watch. In front of a crowd of 22,110, Chicago edged Boston 4-3 in triple overtime to take the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Hawks took the hard way in drawing three victories away from capturing the Cup as they trailed for the entire game. In the third extra period the winning goal was scored by Andrew Shaw who was the best player for the Blackhawks in Game 1.

The experience of Michal Rozsival showed as he sent a well-directed shot toward the Boston net while two Hawk forwards stood in front. The puck deflected off of Dave Bolland’s stick and then Shaw’s leg as it went past a stunned Tuukka Rask.

The argument could be made that the Bruins didn’t deserve to lose as they did play well. The Blackhawks got some lucky breaks at the end of regulation and during the overtime session. That is part of the game and the Bruins realize excuses can’t be made when up by two goals in the third period.

Luck always matters when it comes to playoff success and the Bruins know the same. The Penguins hit iron with about eight shots over their final two games as they were swept by Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals.

It was a wide open Milan Lucic who scored the Bruins first and second goals and put Boston up by two. The Hawks got caught puck watching and were out of position. Corey Crawford probably would like to have another chance on the second goal but he really couldn’t be faulted on either. When Patrice Bergeron scored at 6:09 of the third frame to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead it looked like they were well on their way to capture Game 1.

Brandon Saad deservedly scored the first goal for Chicago and was one of the most noticeable forwards throughout the night. Saad also came on in a player change just before Johnny Oduya tied the score at three. It was Saad who replaced Brandon Bollig and went to the front of the net to set a screen as the puck deflected in off the skate of Andrew Ference.

Marcus Kruger, Michael Frolik and Bollig as the fourth line had a fine game. It actually was much more than just a fine performance. The trio played meaningful minutes and caused problems for the Bruins. The fourth line was a big boost for the Hawks and an option Joel Quenneville went to often.
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