Blackhawks down Bruins 4-3 in triple overtime

 

 
 
 
 
Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks attempts to control the puck against Jaromir Jagr #68, Brad Marchand #63 and Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins.
 in Game One of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
 
 

Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks attempts to control the puck against Jaromir Jagr #68, Brad Marchand #63 and Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins. in Game One of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

Photograph by: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images

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CHICAGO — Claude Julien shrugged off all questions about his Boston Bruins having gone 600 days between games against the Chicago Blackhawks.

We know them, and they know us, was the tone of the coach’s answers. Video, and all that.

But here was the money quote: “Although we haven’t played against each other, I don’t think our game plan is going to change. What you’ve seen us do in the other rounds, we’ll continue to do because it’s worked for us.”

It’s been working for years, so why not? The Bruins, who had not trailed in a game of these playoffs in 18 days, didn’t trail this one until midnight — 113 minutes and eight seconds of playing time after the puck dropped to begin the Stanley Cup Final — when a double-deflection by Dave Bolland and then Andrew Shaw ended the fifth-longest game in final history and gave the Blackhawks an exhausting 4-3 triple-OT victory.

But if the Blackhawks looked as closely at the video as Julien thought, they obviously weren’t looking in the right places.

Because it’s pretty clear what the Bruins are best at — what they did to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their Eastern Conference Final sweep; what they did in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final over the Vancouver Canucks, for that matter. They make their opponents play out of character.

They needled and hammered and hassled the flashy Penguins, who basically lost their minds and stopped playing their own game. They completely cowed the Canucks two springtimes ago.

And when Wednesday night’s Game 1 opened at the Madhouse on Madison, the Blackhawks decided they were going to outpound the pounders.

It was a bad idea, and ought to be abandoned forthwith.

Not that the Hawks didn’t deliver some big hits; they did. Not that Shaw, who’s in the conversation with Bruins’ Brad Marchand among the most annoying rodents in hockey, didn’t get under the skin of Boston’s dour size-XXXL defenceman, Zdeno Chara, by taking repeated runs at him.

“We know he’s an agitator, we know he’s good at embellishing, too, at times,” Julien said of the five-foot-10, 180-pound Shaw. “We know all that stuff. We’ve done our research.”

But the thing is, Shaw is a lightweight next to Marchand, who is built along the lines of a fire hydrant. And no matter how he might try to pound Chara, it’s the proverbial mosquito on a giraffe’s butt. Also, Chicago has nothing like Milan Lucic, who not only is an imposing physical specimen but also scored the first two Boston goals.

So it was important the Blackhawks show that they were not going to let themselves be run out of their own building. It wasn’t so important that they do the running.

Once they figured that out — possibly in the room after the first period — they were a much better hockey club, and Game 1 was a much better spectacle.

Definitely much better than was feared by those who thought the Hawks wouldn’t be able to function against the ornery Bruins.

They began to use their speed and skill, and there was room among the Boston bodies to generate some chances and, by the end of the long night, plenty of them.

Down 3-1 when Patrice Bergeron’s perfect shot found the net over Corey Crawford’s glove 6:09 into the third period, the Hawks clawed back into it, outskating and out-chancing Boston the rest of the way and sending the game to overtime with goals by Dave Bolland — off a dreadful turnover by rookie Torey Krug — and Johnny Oduya, whose point shot went in off defenceman Andrew Ference’s skate.

Overtime was pretty much all Boston, chance after Grade A chance, fluffed by Kaspars Daugavins or fanned on by Lucic or off the goalpost by Chara.

But at midnight and only two minutes and change to go before it surpassed Game 1 in 1990 — the Petr Klima goal for Edmonton, over Boston — as the longest Stanley Cup Final game in history, Hawks defenceman Michal Rozsival ventured a shot from the point through heavy traffic and, two deflections later, the home team finally got its 63rd shot on goal past Bruins’ Tuukka Rask to end it.

“It was a grinding game out there,” said Chicago’s Patrick Sharp.

“It seemed like the third and fourth lines were creating stuff out there and contributing some big goals; none bigger than the one by Shawsy. I think it went off his pants or shin pads but who cares at this point? We’ll take it.”

“It’s never easy to lose a triple-overtime game,” Julien said. “We had some great looks, some great chances and just didn’t bury them, and eventually, somebody’s going to score a goal as fatigue sets in. But I’m not disappointed in our effort.

“Last time we won the Cup, we lost the first two games to Vancouver and it never stopped us from coming back, and this certainly won’t. With a little bit of luck, we could have ended it before they did.

“But that’s the name of the game. They get a good break on their tying goal when it goes off one of our skates. Some nights you get the break going your way, some nights you don’t.”

It had been 95 years since a Boston sports team opened a championship series in Chicago, and that wasn’t too bad, either — Babe Ruth pitching a six-hit, 1-0 shutout in Game 1 of the 1918 World Series for the Red Sox over the Chicago Cubs at Comiskey Park.

But chances are, it was never this loud at old Comiskey.

Even a violent thunderstorm taking place all around Chicago could barely be heard over the crowd noise of 22,110 fans in full throat as the Blackhawks came back to life.

After nearly five hours in skates, the two teams will be glad of the extra day off before Game 2 Saturday.

“I’m probably going to be tired tomorrow,” said Sharp. “Game 5 against the Kings was double-overtime and that took a little time to recover. But there’s no place we’d all rather be than playing hockey in the Stanley Cup Final. So we’ll deal with it.”

ccole@vancouversun.com

 
 
 
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Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks attempts to control the puck against Jaromir Jagr #68, Brad Marchand #63 and Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins.
 in Game One of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
 

Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks attempts to control the puck against Jaromir Jagr #68, Brad Marchand #63 and Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins. in Game One of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

Photograph by: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images

 
Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks attempts to control the puck against Jaromir Jagr #68, Brad Marchand #63 and Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins.
 in Game One of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Kaspars Daugavins #16 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck against Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks checks Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins in Game One.
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the second overtime period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series,Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Chicago.
Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Nick Leddy (8) and goalie Corey Crawford (50) make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins centre Rich Peverley (49).
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker watches as the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins play during Game One of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel watches the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81).
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) celebrates with right wing Marian Hossa (81) and centre Jonathan Toews (19) after scoring a goal.
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save on a shot by Boston Bruins centre David Krejci (46).
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic, right, celebrates with his teammates including Dennis Seidenberg (44) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) checks Boston Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg (44) into the glass.
Actor Jim Belushi watches during the first period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago.
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) celebrates with defencemen Zdeno Chara (33) and Dennis Seidenberg (44) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks.
An oversized Chicago Blackhawks hockey helmet sits on one of the lion sculptures outside the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago in celebration of the team’s upcoming appearance in the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) saves a shot by Boston Bruins centre David Krejci (46) as Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith (2) watches.
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) controls the puck against Chicago Blackhawks.
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his second goal.
Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron (37) takes a shot against Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith (2), goalie Corey Crawford (50) and centre Michal Handzus (26).
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) saves a shot by Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20).
Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville directs his team.
Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Nick Leddy (8) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins centre Tyler Seguin (19).
Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) and Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook (7) collide.
Chicago Blackhawks players line up during the national anthem before Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Chicago.
Chicago Blackhawks players celebrate after left wing Brandon Saad (20) scored a goal against the Boston Bruins.
Boston Bruins players line up during the national anthem before Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Chicago.
Boston Bruins centre David Krejci (46) shoots against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50).
Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) and Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Johnny Oduya (27) collide during the first period of Game 1.
Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien talks to his team during the first period of Game 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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