Game One Recap/Game Two Preview-Stanley Cup Finals

Game One Recap/Game Two Preview


7:00 PM

During the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a game that needed three overtime periods to settle. The game was a microcosm of the Blackhawks playoff run. The team was down two goals at one point to only mount a comeback to tie the game in the third period. Andrew Shaw scored the game winning goal.  Other goals were scored by Brandon Saad,Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya. 

The United Center crowd witnessed one of the biggest playoff wins in Chicago sports history. The two teams went back and forth until the game winning goal was scored right before midnight.

Game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup finals was the fifth longest game in the history of the current playoff format.

Once again, the Blackhawks struggled on the power play by going 0-3. Expect some changes to be made to generate some offense.

When it comes to game two between the two Original Six members, we will see more of the same. Both teams will continue to play a physical brand of hockey. The Blackhawks have to continue to ignore the Bruins overtures for rough stuff. Look for Andrew Shaw to continue to mature in that department.

The hockey pundits say that the two teams are evenly matched except in the goaltending department. After posting 51 saves in game one, maybe Corey Crawford can get some respect from the experts and the fans. At this point in the series, something like goaltending was a perceived liability when it never really was. Some Blackhawks fans won’t admit it, but Crawford won that game for the Madison Street Hockey Club.

Saturday’s game is important for both teams for different reasons. If the Blackhawks win, they go into game three with all of the pressure off of them. I’m not saying they should lay off of pressuring Boston, but a team that gets desperate will most likely make mistakes. The Blackhawks are one the National Hockey League’s best when it comes to turning mistakes into goals. Expect Boston to ratchet up the pressure because they don’t want to head back home down 2-0. I’m hoping we get another competitive game. The league does too.

Injury report: Gregory Campbell is out for the season with a lower body injury for Boston. Marc Savard is out for Boston with an upper body injury. Nathan Horton is listed as questionable with an upper body injury for Boston. No injuries to report for Chicago per TSN.

Location: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL 60612

Where to watch: CBC, RDS, and NBCSN

Where to listen: WGN 720 AM; WBZ-FM - 98.5

Next two games:  Mon Jun 17, 2013; 7:00 PM; Wed Jun 19, 2013; 7:00 PM, Both in Boston                             

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