Chicago claimed Game 1 after a shot from Michal Rozsival deflected off of Dave Bolland and then off Andrew Shaw into the net at the 12:08 mark of the third overtime. Chicago won 4-3 after 112 minutes and eight seconds of hockey.
Looking ahead to Game 2, there are a couple of players on each team who will play key roles in their team’s success.
The Blackhawks were able to overcome a 3-1 deficit with two big goals from Bolland and Johnny Oduya. Chicago has had a lot of production from their bottom six forwards, but they’ll need their stars to pick it up if they want to be successful, Jonathan Toews specifically.
Toews has really struggled to reach the score sheet this postseason, scoring only one goal and eight assists through 18 playoff games. He tallied seven goals and 22 assists in 22 games on his way to the Conn Smythe Trophy during Chicago’s Stanley Cup run in 2010.
Corey Crawford was steady in the series opener, stopping 51 of the 54 shots he faced. However, all three goals came on the 25 shots he faced in regulation. If Chicago is going to win this series, Crawford will need to be sharper in regulation.
Boston lost their two-goal lead in a span of 4:14 midway through the third period. Defense was a bit of an issue, allowing three unanswered goals resulting in the loss.
Rookie defenseman Torey Krug had a magical start to his playoff career, but the honeymoon is over. He played just 19:36 in Game 1, finished minus-two and was on the ice for Shaw’s game-winning goal. Boston’s top four defensemen each logged over 40 minutes of ice time in the opener.
The Bruins need Tyler Seguin to get going. He recorded three goals and seven points in 13 games in Boston’s title run in 2011. This year, he’s only registered one goal in 17 games. He notched an assist in Game 1, and Boston hopes it’s a sign of things to come.
This series is poised to go seven games, or more based on the results of Game 1. It’s the best time of the year for hockey, when heroes are made and rivalries are affirmed. These two members of the Original Six certainly have not disappointed.