Six facts on Stanley Cup Game 1 classic

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Andrew Shaw's goal in the third OT gave the Chicago Blackhawks a Game 1 win over the Boston Bruins.

Wednesday night’s opening game of the Stanley Cup finals, a 4-3 victory for the Chicago Blackhawks over the Boston Bruins, was a three-overtime instant classic.

Here are six notes off the game, one for every period that was played:

1.) Going the Distance

Andrew Shaw's game-winner for Chicago came 12:08 into the third overtime, ending 52 minutes, eight seconds of overtime after the traditional 60 minutes in regulation, making it the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup finals history.

It was just the eighth triple-overtime game in final history, but the first won by the home team.

2.) Blackhawks Shine in Multi-OT

Most Wins in Multiple OT
Stanley Cup Finals History

There have been 18 games to go into multiple overtimes in Stanley Cup finals history, and the Blackhawks have won six of those. No other team has won more than two.

This is the second time the Bruins have been involved in a multi-overtime finals game. Their record dropped to 0-2 in those games.

3.) History Not on Boston’s Side

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Bruins are the third team in history to lose Game 1 of a Cup finals despite holding a two-goal lead in the third period.

The others were the 1956 Detroit Red Wings and 2006 Edmonton Oilers. Both of those teams went on to lose the series.

4.) Glove Save ... And a Beauty!

The Bruins shot 14 times to Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford's glove side in regulation, and scored three times, all to the high side.

However, in overtime, Boston took 16 additional shots to the glove side (out of 29 total shots), but Crawford made the save on all 16.

5.) Losing Horton Slows Lucic

Milan Lucic


After scoring Boston’s first two goals for his first multi-goal game this season, regular season or playoffs, Milan Lucic didn’t even attempt a shot in the three overtime periods.

Lucic’s linemate, Nathan Horton, left the game in the first overtime period, breaking up Boston’s most productive line.

The line of Lucic, Horton and David Krejci was on ice for all three Bruins goals -- and 20 of the team’s goals in the first three rounds, most of any Bruins linemates.

6.) Chicago a Sure Thing?

This is the third time since 1927 that Game 1 of the Cup finals went into multiple overtimes, but the second time for each of these teams. In 1934, the Blackhawks beat the Red Wings, and in 1990, the Oilers beat the Bruins.

In both of those previous series, the team that won Game 1 went on to win the Cup.