The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins gave us one of the best Game 1′s in Stanley Cup Finals history. The back and forth battle stretched on in to the wee hours of Thursday morning, before finally coming to an end thanks to a goal credited to Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw in the third overtime period. It was the sixth time that the Blackhawks won a multiple overtime period game in the Stanley Cup Finals, which sets an all-time NHL record.
Here is the game-winning goal:
In case you want to see that again, here it is in slo-mo:
Chicago forced overtime by rallying from a two-goal deficit.
The game almost didn’t make it out of the second overtime period thanks to a beautiful shot on goal by Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. Chara had the goalie beat, but the post saved the Blackhawks falling in the final seconds of the second OT.
Thanks to the post, Chicago was able to head back to the locker room and rest before coming out for the third OT and having Shaw save the day and put an epic end to the game.
This is the type of game that will leave a bad taste in the Bruins’ mouth moving forward, especially after they outplayed Chicago for a majority of overtime.
One thing is for sure — Both teams are going to be exhausted when they return to the ice on Saturday for Game 2.