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Final: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 (3 OT)

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 12, 2013 07:55 PM

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At 12:08 of triple overtime, Michal Rozsival snapped a point shot on goal. Andrew Shaw tipped the puck past Tuukka Rask to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 win in Game 1 at the United Center.

The Blackhawks won several puck battles leading up to Rozsival’s point shot. Shaw bowled over Dennis Seidenberg, who lost his glove on the play. Seidenberg couldn’t retreat to his net-front position in time to defend Shaw.

End of second overtime: 3-3: Bruins and Blackhawks are going into triple OT. Bruins with have 1:06 remaining on the power play. Zdeno Chara hit the right post with approximately 12 seconds remaining in double OT.

End of overtime: 3-3: Neither team scored in overtime. The Bruins had the best chance when the Blackhawks were caught with too many men at 12:08. Their top opportunity came off a David Krejci shot. Nathan Horton was in position to tap in the rebound, but he couldn’t elevate his shot over Corey Crawford.

Later during the power play, Horton suffered an undisclosed injury. Horton, doubled over, skated to the bench and retreating to the dressing room. Horton didn’t return.

End of third period: 3-3: The Blackhawks wiped out a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime in Game 1. Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya scored to send the game into extra time.

The Bruins took a 3-1 lead at 6:09 of the third period. With Michael Frolik in the box for tripping, Patrice Bergeron hammered a power-play shot through Corey Crawford. It was only the fourth power-play goal Chicago had allowed during the playoffs.

The Blackhawks roared back with two straight goals. After picking off a Torey Krug pass, Andrew Shaw looked for help. Shaw got it in Bolland. Bolland took Shaw’s cross-crease pass and beat Tuukka Rask at 8:00.

Chicago got a fortunate bounce to tie the game. Oduya’s point shot was headed wide right. But the puck glanced off Andrew Ference’s left skate and deflected past Tuukka Rask at 12:14.


End of second period: Bruins, 2-1: The Bruins, up 1-0 after 20 minutes, doubled their lead at 0:51 of the second period when Milan Lucic scored his second goal of the night. Before Lucic’s goal, Tuukka Rask stared down an odd-man rush after Dennis Seidenberg was caught up the ice. Rask steered aside a Marian Hossa shot. On the following rush, Lucic won a puck battle against Hossa in center ice to start the attack.

David Krejci, drifting down the left wing, gave the puck back to Lucic. The left wing snapped the puck past Corey Crawford to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

Chicago struck back at 3:08 of the second. Nathan Horton controlled the puck along the wall in the defensive zone. Hossa picked Horton’s pocket to give the Blackhawks a scoring chance. Brandon Saad was in position to snap the puck past Rask to make it a 2-1 game.

End of first period: Bruins 1-0: The Bruins scored the only goal of the first period. The play started when David Krejci beat Niklas Hjalmarsson in a puck race behind the Chicago net. Krejci rolled off Hjalmarsson’s check and looked for options. At the same time, Johnny Oduya pursued Krejci, which left both Chicago defensemen behind the net.

The Bruins took advantage of the net-front vacancy. Krejci dished to Nathan Horton out front. Horton spotted Milan Lucic open in the low slot. After taking Horton’s pass, Lucic flung the puck over Corey Crawford at 13:11.

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