CHICAGO - Milan Lucic scored two goals and the Boston Bruins took a 2-1 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks into the third period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. However, Chicago battled back in the third to force overtime in what's shaping up to be quite a series for the Stanley Cup.
In the first championship meeting in 34 years between Original Six franchises, the teams spent much of the first period feeling each other out - and hitting each other, too.
Then, the Bruins started to take charge and they went ahead at the 13:11 mark after David Krejci knocked Niklas Hjalmarsson off the puck along the boards behind the net. He fed a pass to Nathan Horton, who feathered the puck across to Lucic. His quick wrist shot from the slot in front of the net went past Corey Crawford to make it 1-0.
Chicago’s Brandon Bollig (52) controls against Boston’s Adam McQuaid (54) and Torey Krug.
He struck again just 51 seconds into the second period with a wrist shot, after Hjalmarsson gambled along the boards and fell, allowing Boston to break in.
Chicago started to come on strong after that.
The Blackhawks got on the board just over two minutes later when rookie Brandon Saad scored his first goal of the playoffs. He carried the puck down the ice but was bumped off it in the left corner of the Boston zone. Marian Hossa recovered it and fed Saad in the slot, making it 2-1 and bringing the sellout crowd to their feet.
All their momentum came screeching to a halt on a power play - make that a two-man advantage - midway through the second. A big issue during the regular season, it continues to haunt the Blackhawks in the playoffs.