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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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