CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks scored the winning goal with 7:52 remaining in the third overtime to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night at United Center.
The Bruins are now 4-2 in overtime this postseason.
Boston's Milan Lucic scored two goals and added an assist, while David Krejci contributed two assists. Boston's top line has combined for 57 points in 17 games this postseason. Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston, and Rask turned in 59 saves.
The Bruins squandered a pair of two-goal leads, including a 3-1 advantage early in the third period.
Chicago came out hard and fast and initiated the physical game the first couple of shifts. The Bruins, however, still had several good looks in the first period. Just past the midway point of the opening period, Boston's Brad Marchand had a point-blank opportunity, but Crawford made a stabbing glove save.
The Bruins' top line also had a few quality chances but couldn't finish until Lucic's goal at 13:11 of the first period. Boston dumped the puck in and Krejci won the footrace behind the Chicago net. Krejci absorbed a body check by Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, and then the Bruins' forward retrieved the puck and fed Nathan Horton, who quickly made a touch pass to Lucic for the tally.
Boston added to its lead when Lucic scored his second of the game only 51 seconds into the second period. Prior to that goal, Rask made a timely save on the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa, and the Bruins capitalized on transition. Krejci fed Lucic, who blasted a one-timer from the slot to beat Crawford.
The Blackhawks answered after Boston turned over the puck in its own zone. Saad's wrister from the left faceoff circle beat Rask to the top right corner to cut the deficit to 2-1. The goal snapped Rask's shutout streak at 149:36 and was Saad's first of the postseason.
Chicago had a golden opportunity with a two-man advantage when first Horton went off for interference, followed by a bench minor for too many men. The Blackhawks had 1:17 of 5-on-3 but registered only one shot. Boston's penalty-killing unit of Bergeron/Chris Kelly and Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg stifled the Blackhawks.
Then at 12:53 of the second period, Chara went off for a high stick, but Chicago couldn't capitalize and the Bruins held onto to their one-goal lead.
Chicago stayed disciplined in the first two periods and did not give Boston a power play. When the Bruins were finally given a power play at 5:51 of the third period, it took only 18 seconds of the man advantage for Bergeron to score, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead with a one-timer from the left faceoff circle.
Once again, the Blackhawks responded when Bolland scored at the eight-minute mark of the period to cut their deficit to 3-2.
Chicago finally knotted the game at 3-3 when Oduya's slap shot from the right point redirected off Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference's skate and snuck past Rask at 12:14.