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Cullen: Shaw, Bolland lead Blackhawks to Triple-OT win

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Scott Cullen
6/13/2013 2:27:36 AM
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Andrew Shaw scored in triple overtime to cap the comeback from a 3-1 deficit, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final.

While the Bruins got out to a fast start, Chicago used their speed and took the play to Boston the rest of the way, launching 132 shot attempts at the Bruins' goal and outshooting Boston 31-14 in the second and third periods (63-54 overall).

Bruins G Tuukka Rask stopped 59 of 63 shots (.937 SV%), while Blackhawks G Corey Crawford stopped 51 of 54 shots on goal (.944 SV%).

The winning goal came on a double deflection of a point shot by Chicago D Michal Rozsival, that was first tipped by C Dave Bolland before hitting Shaw and finding the back of the net. Shaw had set up Bolland for Chicago's second goal of the game, so they led the Blackhawks attack with a goal and an assist apiece. Both were plus-2 as well.

Shaw also tied Brandon Bollig (who was inserted into the Chicago lineup for the first time since Game Two vs. Minnesota and played 14:24) with a game-high nine hits.

Boston's attack was paced by LW Milan Lucic, who had a pair of goals and an assist, along with a game-high five takeaways. Lucic's linemate, David Krejci, added two assists to extend his playoff scoring lead to 23 points.

The third member of the Bruins' top line, RW Nathan Horton, left with what was thought to be a shoulder injury, giving Tyler Seguin and opportunity to move up with Krejci and Lucic. Seguin finished with eight shots on goal and created some quality chances in overtime.

Bruins D Dennis Seidenberg, playing a team-high 48:36, blocked nine shots, and had seven hits while Andrew Ference blocked eight shots and had 10 hits.

Blackhawks D Duncan Keith played a game-high 48:40 and, along with C Jonathan Toews and LW Brandon Saad, had the best possession numbers for Chicago, while Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara were on the wrong end of possession stats for Boston.

RW Marian Hossa paced the Blackhawks with 10 shots on goal, just ahead of Saad (9) and Patrick Sharp (8).

Blackhawks D Johnny Oduya blocked seven shots and scored the tying goal, on a shot that took a fortuitous bounce off Ference's skate.

Bruins C Patrice Bergeron scored a power play goal and was 27-for-41 (65.9%) in the faceoff circle.

As has been the Blackhawks' habit this postseason, they've benefitted from production further down the depth chart. Shaw and C Michal Handzus, for example, have the same number of points (9) as Toews.

Losing Game One isn't automatically the end of the world for Boston, even though 77% of Game One winners go on to win the Stanley Cup. The Bruins need to do a better job retaining puck possession. They are obviously tightly matched with the Blackhawks, but being second-best in those terms, especially so decisively, puts too much pressure on Rask to stand on his head and steal a win.

Andrew Shaw (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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