Chicago Wins Triple-Overtime Thriller To Capture Stanley Cup Finals Opener

Six more games like this, please.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals got off to a most routine of starts, with both goalies making quick saves. Tuukka Rask was first up for Boston.

Chicago’s Corey Crawford was equally up to the task.

But then Milan Lucic got the scoring off to a good start, putting Boston up 1-0 after one period.

Less than a minute into the second, Lucic struck again and Boston was in business on the road.

But then Chicago’s Brandon Saad came back two minutes later and got the Blackhawks on the board.

Patrice Bergeron seemed to have given Boston a secure 3-1 lead with this power-play score 6:09 into the final period.

But Dave Bolland’s score two minutes later cut the Boston lead back to one.

And Johnny Oduya’s goal with 7:46 to play tied the game at 3, and to overtime we headed.

Outside the United Center, lightning strikes were hitting all around the city during Game 1.

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But inside the arena, the game went on, seemingly without end and with its own electricity.

When it wasn’t Corey Crawford standing on his head in net …

… Boston’s Tuukka Rask was equally up to the task.

And other times, it was good to be lucky. This was how close the game came to ending in the waning moments of double overtime.

The kids? Yeah, they were long asleep when the third overtime started in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

But then Chicago’s Andrew Shaw mercifully ended the game 12:08 into the third overtime with this score.

Upon further review, Shaw was the second player to deflect the puck on its way to Rask, who never really had a chance.

And with that, the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history was in the books.

Game 2 is set for Saturday, so rest up, everyone.

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