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Stanley Cup Finals 2013: Blown Lead Hurts More Than Triple Overtime Heartbreak For Boston Bruins

Rob Grabowski-USA Today Sports

On Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice in what quickly turned out to be an instant classic in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Andrew Shaw scored the game-winner for the Blackhawks in triple overtime, effectively ending a contest that will go down as the fifth longest game in Stanley Cup Finals’ history. Off a double-deflection, Chicago took a 1-0 series lead, while also dealing a heartbreaking defeat in the Bruins’ direction.

However, in the midst of a triple overtime marathon, it’s tough to fault Boston and you certainly can’t question their effort on the road. Some mistakes and missed opportunities will haunt this Bruins team for the time being, but a short memory is necessary as the two teams prepare to hit the ice again on Saturday night for Game 2.

Despite the late-night loss for Boston however, it’s the blown lead, not the overtime defeat that will sting the most. On the road and looking to make an early statement, the Bruins held a 3-1 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining. The Blackhawks scored two goals in the next five minutes to tie the game and consequently force not one, not two, but three overtimes.

It’s a “how did this happen” scenario for the Bruins, but as head coach Claude Julien said after the Game 1 defeat, Boston is not phased by losing early in this series. He recalled the fact that the Bruins trailed the Vancouver Canucks two games to none just two seasons ago when they hoisted the Cup.

Don’t expect Boston to fret on a heartbreaking, marathon loss, this team will be ready to respond in the hopes of stealing a game in Chicago.

 

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