Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Blackhawks win Game 1 vs. Bruins in Stanley Cup

CHICAGO — A puck deflected off a knee of the Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw with 7:52 left in the third overtime to give Chicago a 4-3 win over the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday night.

The game was the fifth longest in NHL history.

On the game's 177th shot, a slap shot from Michal Rozsival first hit Dave Bolland and then Shaw before knuckleballing past Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.

The 'Hawks got third-period goals from Bolland and Johnny Oduya to erase a 3-1 deficit.

The Bruins appeared to be in good shape building a 3-1 lead in regulation, with Milan Lucic scoring twice and Patrice Bergeron adding a power-play goal just more than six minutes into the third. But Chicago came storming back after that.

Shaw picked off a clearing attempt by Boston rookie defenseman Torey Krug and fed Bolland on a two-on-one rush to pull Chicago within one with 12 minutes left in regulation.

Lucic then got stopped on a two-on-one by Chicago goalie Corey Crawford midway through the third, and Oduya tied it for Chicago when his shot from the point deflected off Andrew Ference and bounced past Rask.

Crawford fought off a big flurry by Boston in the closing minutes, and the game went to overtime with Chicago outshooting Boston 39-25 after getting off to a slow start.

The Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 13:11 mark of the opening period after David Krejci knocked Niklas Hjalmarsson off the puck along the boards behind the net. He fed a pass to Nathan Horton, who feathered the puck across to Lucic for an easy wrist shot from the slot in front of Crawford.

Lucic struck again just 51 seconds into the second period with another wrist shot after Hjalmarsson gambled along the boards and fell, allowing Boston to break in.

The Blackhawks got on the board about two minutes later when rookie Brandon Saad scored his first goal of the playoffs. He carried the puck down the ice but was bumped off it in the left corner of the Boston zone. Marian Hossa recovered it and fed Saad in the slot, making it 2-1.

Coyotes move next season 'possible': It is "possible" the Coyotes won't play in Arizona next season, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said at commissioner Gary Bettman's traditional Cup final news conference. It's up to the city of Glendale, which owns the team's arena, to negotiate a lease agreement with the team's prospective new owners, a group of Canadian-led investors, he said. The NHL bought the Coyotes out of bankruptcy in 2009 and has tried without success to find a buyer who would keep the team in Glendale. Asked if a relocation decision needed to be made by the June 27 Board of Governors meeting, Bettman said "maybe."

Around the league: The Penguins signed Dan Bylsma, the coach with the second-most wins in franchise history, to a two-year contract extension through 2016, a very public vote of confidence after Pittsburgh's season ended with four straight miserable losses to the Bruins in the Eastern Conference final. … The Flyers acquired All-Star defenseman Mark Streit, 35, from the Islanders for a minor-league forward and a fourth-round draft pick in 2014. Streit, the Islanders' captain, can be an unrestricted free agent July 5.

AHL final: Lightning affiliate Syracuse fell in a 3-0 hole in the Calder Cup final with a 4-2 loss to host Grand Rapids. The Red Wings affiliate goes for a sweep for the league championship Friday.

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