It took over 112 minutes, but the Chicago Blackhawks escaped Game One of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals with a victory. Chicago was tied with the Boston Bruins at 3-3 after regulation, and the two teams needed three overtimes to settle the contest. Andrew Shaw put an end to things, scoring a goal with 12:08 gone by in the last period.
The goal was Shaw’s fifth of the 2013 NHL playoffs. After Michael Rozsival took a shot towards the net, the puck was tipped by Dave Bolland and finally found its way past Tuukka Rask when it bounced off Shaw’s leg.
Before the goal, Rask had saved 59 of the Blackhawks 62 shots on goal. Corey Crawford also was quite impressive in front of the net. He saved 51 of 54 shots on goal, playing in what turned out to be almost the length of two hockey games.
Shaw’s goal finished what was the longest finals game in five years. In the history of the NHL, only four other games in the Stanley Cup Finals have gone deeper into overtime. Boston was a part of the longest game in 1990 when the Bruins lost to the Edmonton Oilers after 55 minutes and 13 seconds of overtime play.
Below is the video of Shaw’s game-winning goal in triple overtime, as well as highlights from the rest of Game One. The two teams will be back on the ice in Chicago on Saturday night for Game Two of the series.