There was plenty of reason for excitement heading into Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins–mainly because both teams seemed to have their own path of destiny to be crowned as this year’s champions. While the Bruins pulled off a miraculous come-from-behind win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs, the Blackhawks found themselves in a similar situation in the semifinals as they managed to overcome a 3-1 deficit against the Detroit Red Wings.
With this in mind, there was no question this series between the Blackhawks and Bruins had the potential to be a classic and if Game 1 is any indication of what’s to come–hockey fans will certainly be in for a treat.
The Bruins were in control of this game for most of the first two periods as Milan Lucic scored the first two goals of the game and it appeared they were ready to take Game 1 after taking a 3-1 lead in the third period. However, just like they have throughout the postseason, the Blackhawks bounced back with their never give up attitude by scoring two goals within five minutes in the third period before heading into the first overtime. After two overtimes consisting of numerous missed opportunities by both teams, it was Andrew Shaw who came through with the game-winning goal in the third overtime to give the Blackhawks the 4-3 win and a 1-0 lead in the series.
Everybody knew coming down to sudden death in Game 1 would be intense, but nobody could have predicted the game to last until the third overtime like it did. Give credit to both teams for playing as long as they did considering how obvious it was that fatigue was kicking in on both ends, but it was Chicago who came through when it mattered the most by pulling off the epic win in Game 1.
Get ready hockey fans–Game 2 on Saturday certainly has the potential to be another epic matchup between these two teams.
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