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The Bruins and Blackhawks put on a Game 1 triple-overtime show.
Without much face-to-face history between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins, it was hard to know what to expect going into the Stanley Cup Final.
On paper, the teams looked quite evenly matched. Through three rounds of this year's playoffs, each had suffered a few miscues but had mostly performed well. Each team could also draw inspiration from its previous championship win.
In Game 1, Boston and Chicago showed us that they're two talented, determined teams that are ready to fight to the bitter end. It took nearly six periods before the Blackhawks claimed victory in Game 1.
In addition to the game's epic length, it was also noteworthy for its intense physical play by both teams. The total hits ended up 61-59 in favor of Chicago.
Furthermore, both goalies were beyond stellar, especially through the overtime periods. Total shots in the game were 63-54 in favor of Chicago. In sudden death, Corey Crawford was perfect in stopping 29 Bruins shots.Tuukka Rask stopped the first 23 tries by the 'Hawks before Andrew Shaw's fluky double-deflection sneaked past him to give Chicago the win.
The fatigue factor often means that teams can't bounce back to keep playing at a high level, but the compete factor in this series diminished only slightly in Game 2. All signs point to a long, drawn-out fight to the finish for the 2013 Stanley Cup.
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