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It will be interesting, of course, to see if that tempo can be sustained in Game 2 given the physical drain of the opener. There's also the possibility that either one or both teams will try to stifle some of that creativity and action that is so pleasing to the eye in favour of a close checking approach.
Here's hoping not.
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After making two big saves on Tyler Seguin in the second overtime period, Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford had some luck on his side when Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara had a point shot ring off the right post in the dying seconds.
As Kelly said, there was none of that in Game 1 as the first 10 minutes featured a rapid pace and plenty of hits. Incredibly, the tempo rarely let up except, perhaps, in the second overtime period.
(the offensive) zone.
"It's called hockey breaks," said Bruins coach Claude Julien, who refused to blame the goal on bad luck. "We got some of them in the Pittsburgh series. That's part of the game. You don't complain about it or use it as an excuse."
How often do you see teams come out in a big game playing tentatively as jitters and strategy take over?
With all the good scoring chances through each of the overtime sessions, it took a routine point shot from Michal Rozsival that was cleverly tipped by Dave Bolland before the puck bounced off the knee of Shaw past a helpless Tuukka Rask.
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But he wasn even among the top two in ice time on his team, thanks in part to a minor penalty he took in the second period. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 48:36.
On the same play, Milan Lucic whiffed at a chance to finish off a hat trick with the game Converse Jack Purcell Signature winner when he couldn't get his stick on the puck.
With an extra day off for players to catch their breath and rest their weary bones, Thursday was also an opportunity to digest some of the memorable moments from a game that will no doubt find a prominent place among the best in the history of the NHL playoffs.
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The game may have been a classic, but the game winner was far from it.
In between, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks here Wednesday delivered a generous dose of just about everything you could want in a championship hockey game.
"Maybe in a few years you look back and say that was a great game, that Game 1.
"Let's hope every game is like that," Bruins forward Chris Kelly said Thursday. "It could make for a classic series.
As expected, Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara was among the workhorses of the night logging 45 minutes and five seconds of ice time over a gruelling 57 shifts.
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It began in front of a rocking Madhouse on Madison crowd shortly after 7:22 local time and ended to the same tune at the stroke of midnight.
game in the history of the final. As it was, when Chicago Andrew Shaw finally scored the winner at 12:08 of the third overtime period, it went into the books as the fifth longest game to be played in the championship round.
In all, there were four players who played north of 45 minutes, including Hawks defenceman, Duncan Keith.
Just two minutes or so before Shaw ended it, Bruins winger Kaspars Daugavins came close to winning it for Boston.
After making a move to his backhand, Hawks defenceman Jonny Oduya just barely got his stick on the puck, denying Daugavins an easy finish at an open net.
"(The Bruins) take away the critical areas of the ice and you have to work your way through it. At the same time, they've got one of the best rush games we've seen all season."
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