In a marathon opening to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw finally notched a game-winner in the third overtime of Game 1.
A wrist shot from the point by defenseman Michal Rozsival went flying through Boston's defense and found its way onto the stick of Dave Bolland, then Shaw's stick for the redirect to end Game 1 at 4-3 and send the United Center into a late-night/early-morning frenzy.
After 52 minutes, eight seconds of scoreless overtime action, the Blackhawks put an end to one of the longest games in NHL history. In fact, it was the fifth-longest game in the history of the Stanley Cup Final. And per ESPN Stats & Info, it was the Blackhawks' first OT winner in a Stanley Cup Final since Patrick Kane's championship clincher in 2010.
Things didn't look too certain for the home team in the third period, when they trailed 3-1 before getting back into the game with goals from Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya. From that point on, the Blackhawks dominated the rest of regulation and nearly put away the game multiple times in regulation.
Once overtime action started, both teams threw the kitchen sink at the opposing goaltender and produced countless scoring chances in the high-flying Game 1. Chicago finished with 63 shots on the night, compared to Boston's 54.
Chicago's Duncan Keith logged an incredible 48:40 of ice time in the marathon match, and Bruins defender Dennis Seidenberg nearly matched that at 48:36.
After Game 1 produced one of the most exciting games in Stanley Cup history, Game 2 surely has a tall order to live up to.
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