B. Saad (03:08 - 2nd) , D. Bolland (08:00 - 3rd) , J. Oduya (12:14 - 3rd) , A. Shaw (12:08 - 3rd OT)
BOS: T. Rask
CHI: C. Crawford
Earlier tonight in Chicago, it was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins. This is the first time in NHL history that these two teams will meet in the Cup Finals. Early on in the game, the Blackhawks came out hitting like the Bruins. But their strategy wouldn’t work as Boston would get on the board first with a goal from Lucic. The Bruins lead 1-0 after 1 and outshot the Hawks 11 to 8. 51 seconds into the second, Krejci came up the left wing and centred the puck to Lucic and he one timed a shot past Crawford for his second of the night to make it 2-0 Boston. Chicago dominated the rest of the period from there. As just 2 minutes later, Hossa centred the puck to Saad and he scored his first career playoff goal to cut the lead to 1.
The shots in the second were 16 to 6 in favour of the Hawks but once again the defence of the Bruins and goaltender Rask were just too good. 6 minutes into the third with the Bruins on a powerplay, Bergeron one timed a shot into the back of the net to make it 3-1. 2 minutes later, Krug threw the puck up the middle, Shaw intercepted it and centred the puck to Bolland and he scored to cut the lead to 1. 3 minutes later, Oduya’s shot from the point was deflected off the skate of Ference and in to tie the game. So were off to overtime. The shots in the third were 15 to 8 in favor of Chicago.
There was no score in the first o.t and the Bruins dominated, outshooting the Hawks 11 to 8. The closes the Bruins got to ending the game was when Horton hit the post. No one could find the back of the net until late in the 3rd overtime when, Rozival took a shot from the point and it was tipped in by Shaw and the Hawks take a 1-0 series lead. In the win, Crawford made 51 saves. In the loss, Rask made 59 saves. Now both of these teams will get a much needed two days off before Game 2 on Saturday night.
Written By Andrew Di Pardo