If Game One was any indication, these Stanley Cup Finals are shaping up to be an all-time classic series. The Chicago Blackhawks hold a 1-0 series lead over the Boston Bruins after a 4-3 triple overtime marathon, and Game Two should prove to be just as exciting Saturday at the United Center.
In a game that lasted 112 minutes, Boston looked poised to win its sixth consecutive game after Milan Lucic scored two goals and Patrice Bergeron added another for a 3-1 lead in the third period.
The Blackhawks stormed back and fired off two goals by Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya to force overtime. Chicago then overcame two penalties for too many men on the ice in the first two overtimes, and Andrew Shaw clinched the game with a deflection in front of the net off a slapshot from Michael Rozsival.
Improving to 10-1 at home during the playoffs, Chicago can take a commanding lead with a win Game Two before the series shifts to Boston for Games Three and Four.
Both teams could be sluggish at the start of Game Two, considering they played nearly two straight games on Wednesday.
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The full schedule, including tonight’s game, is below.
TV Channel: NBC
Series Schedule: Game 1: at Chicago 4, Boston 3 (3OT)
Game 2: at Chicago, Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Game 3: at Boston, Monday, June 17, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Game 4: at Boston, Wednesday, June 19, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Game 5: at Chicago, Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m. ET, NBC *
Game 6: at Boston, Monday, June 24, 8 p.m. ET, NBC *
Game 7: at Chicago, Wednesday, June 26, 8 p.m. ET, NBC*