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The 2013 Stanley Cup Finalists

The 2013 Stanley Cup Finalists

CHICAGO – The Stanley Cup Final got off to a rousing start if you were a Blackhawks fan. The game went on through nearly three full extra sessions before Andrew Shaw nicked the puck with his knee thereby deflecting it past Tuukka Rask for the game winner. The goal came at 12:08 of the session as the clock struck midnight in the central time zone here in Chicago.

The fans in the United Center were hungry for the opening win and were eager to tell you just happy they were to their Hawks in the Final. It was easy to see why this writer loves the city of Chicago.



* Game 1 marked the third time since 1927 that the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final required multiple overtimes. The other instances were in 1990, when the Oilers defeated the Bruins in triple-overtime (the longest game in Stanley Cup Final history), and in 1934, when the Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings in double-overtime. The winner of both of those Game 1s went on to capture the Stanley Cup.

* The Bruins became the third team in NHL history to lose Game 1 of a Stanley Cup Final after holding a two-goal lead in the third period, joining the 1956 Red Wings (vs. the Canadiens) and the 2006 Oilers (vs. the Hurricanes). Both of those clubs went on to lose the Stanley Cup Final. (Elias)

* Chicago’s victory broke a five-game winning streak by road teams in Game 1s of the Stanley Cup Final that have gone to overtime. A home team had not won a Stanley Cup Final Game 1 in overtime since 1982, when the Islanders defeated the Canucks on the strength of a goal by Mike Bossy at 19:58 of the first extra period.

* The Blackhawks recorded their sixth multiple-overtime win in the Stanley Cup Final, the most all-time. The next-closest teams in that regard are the Red Wings and Stars, both with two.

Winning Goal in Multiple-Overtime SCF Game, Blackhawks History

2013: Andrew Shaw (Game 1 vs. Bruins, 3OT)

1971: Jim Pappin (Game 1 vs. Canadiens, 2OT)

1934: Mush March* (Game 4 vs. Red Wings, 2OT)

1934: Paul Thompson (Game 1 at Red Wings, 2OT)

1931: Cy Wentworth (Game 3 at Canadiens, 3OT)

1931: Johnny Gottselig (Game 2 vs. Canadiens, 2OT)

* clinched Stanley Cup


Boston forward Nathan Horton exited Game 1 with an upper-body injury and has been listed as day-to-day. He ranks second in the NHL with 7-11—18 in 17 games this postseason. Horton’s +22 rating leads the League and is the highest plus/minus rating in one playoff year since 1985, when Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky posted an NHL-best +28 rating, followed by teammates Paul Coffey (+26) and Jari Kurri (+24).


* The Blackhawks have won eight of their last nine games (3-0 in overtime during that span), including six straight at home. They have a League-high 10 victories at home this postseason and have outscored opponents, 37-20, at United Center, including a 20-11 margin during their six-game home winning streak.

* The Bruins have not suffered a regulation defeat since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Maple Leafs. They are 9-2 since then and have outscored opponents, 36-20, in that span.


The winners of eight awards – the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy, Jack Adams Award, King Clancy Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, NHL Foundation Player Award and NHL General Manager of the Year Award – will be revealed today at 5:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. CT on NHL Network in the United States and Canada. The program also will be streamed live online at NHL.com. Select winners will then be available on a conference call at 6:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. CT.

The winners of the five other NHL awards – the Calder Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Vezina Trophy – will be announced Saturday during a pre-game show on NBC Sports Network and CBC (7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT).


Every series in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs has had at least one overtime game, the first time that has happened since the League went to the best-of-seven format for all four rounds in 1987.


The Blackhawks picked up their fourth win this postseason when allowing the first goal (4-3). The only other team in the playoffs that has a .500 or better record in that scenario is the Bruins, who are 4-2 . . . Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 51 saves in Game 1 to record his 10th victory on home ice this postseason (11 games). He had eight wins at United Center during the regular season (13 games) . . . Chicago defenseman Johnny Oduya scored the tying goal in Game 1, his third of the postseason (18 games). He had three goals during the entire regular season (48 games).


All Times Eastern

Boston @ Chicago, Game 2, CHI leads 1-0, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS

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