He isn’t the biggest player on the team. But at 6 feet, 1 inch and 200 pounds, Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is one of the most important.
In the past, the Bruins had Hall of Famer Ray Bourque playing yeoman minutes. Now they have Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. The Blackhawks’ biggest workhorse is Keith.
Keith logged a game-high 48 minutes, 40 seconds of ice time during Chicago’s 4-3 triple-overtime victory over Boston in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday at United Center.
It was the second consecutive multiple-OT game the Blackhawks played. In the team’s Western Conference clinching victory over the Los Angeles Kings, Keith logged 40:12 with that contest decided in double OT. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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