The amazing depth Blackhawks’ was even more important when Wednesday role player Andrew Shaw scored on a tip-in with 7:52 left in the third overtime to give Chicago a 4-3 win to end the fifth-longest Stanley Cup Final game in NHL history. The classic game ended at the stroke of midnight.
“He’s a competitor,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “He is the object of the game, game out. Larger stage, the greater the challenge, he rises to the occasion. Knew where the front of the net.
The two teams played 112:08 of hockey when defenseman Michal Rozsival flipped a wrist shot from the point was deflected first by Dave Bolland before it hit Shaw’s leg and ricocheted past Boston goalie Tuukka Rask. This is the 117 shots a game that lasted just short of five hours and 63 shot the Blackhawks’.
Case SCORE: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 (3OT)
“(Shaw) is one of those guys that you appreciate him in your side and he is relentless,” said Quenneville.
Shaw said he knew the winning goal was not going to be a good one.
“You can tell both teams were physically exhausted,” Shaw said. “We preached it, go on the net, you’ll find a way to get a greasy goal.”
Chicago’s secondary scorers are crucial to its success in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final. Boston’s designation comes from the stars, while the Blackhawks goal came from a rookie (Brandon Saad), a defenseman (Johnny Oduya), a veteran (Bolland) who scored his first goal of the playoffs and Shaw, who known primarily for providing his team with an energy boost.
“We do not think all of our game planning around Mr. Shaw,” said Boston coach Claude Julien. “Our game plan against the Chicago Blackhawks. We knew he was an agitator. We knew he was good at embellishing, too, sometimes. We know all things. We’ve done our research.”
Midway through the third period and overtime, Boston forward Kaspars Daugavins had the puck in the goal crease of Chicago, but could not get control of the puck things in half-empty goal.
“I thought we had some chances for sure to win the game (in overtime), but we are not so you have to prepare for the next one,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made 54 saves in the game, including 29 in the three periods of overtime.