At this point, the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins may think they’re about to play the third game of their seven-game Stanley Cup Final. The two teams have already played six periods, but have decided just one game in a 4-3 triple overtime victory for Chicago in Game One.
The Blackhawks own a 1-0 series lead heading into Saturday’s Game Two at the United Center.
Chicago center Andrew Shaw recorded two points, including the game-winning goal in the third overtime that ended Boston’s five-game playoff winning streak. Goalie Corey Crawford made 51 saves off 54 Boston shots while in net for over 112 minutes.
While Boston was denied a victory, it was an impressive showing on the road. The Bruins lit up Chicago for a 3-1 third-period lead, with two goals by Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron’s sixth playoff goal off a power play in the third.
Bruins keeper Tuukka Rask also blocked an impressive 59 shots, and it would be difficult to blame Shaw’s goal on the Fin since it was a deflection in front of a very crowded net. Postseason points-leader David Krejci also upped his total to 23 points, assisting two goals in Game One.
Boston winger Nathan Horton left with a shoulder injury in overtime. Horton did practice on Friday, and will reportedly play through the pain in Game Two.
The same can’t be said for Chicago left wing Daniel Carcillo, who missed Friday’s practice with an illness.
The game begins at 8 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network, and with a free live online stream at NBC Live Extra here.
Betting Odds: Chicago is favored by 1.5 goals
Over/Under: 5 goals
Prediction: Boston 3, Chicago 2