Cup Finals: Unlikely Hero Born in the Early Morning Hours

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Updated: June 13, 2013

112 minutes of punishing hockey. Over five hours it took to find a victor. A hero born at 1:04 A.M.

The Hawks took Game 1 in dramatic fashion as usual, winning another one goal game, 4-3 in the third OT stanza.

Long gone were the memories of the Hawks comeback in the third period, almost a full game played since – it was Andrew Shaw on the deflection.

Very uncharacteristic of the Bruins, squandering a two-goal lead in the third period, it’s certainly a game they wish they had back. They had plenty of chances to end it, but that Hawks desperation allowed them to survive the storm.

In the game’s 5th hour, Shaw was able to deflect a shot from the point past Rask. The game from before was an after thought. Players were tired; shift after shift, hoping their next time on the ice was the last one.

Hard to believe that it only counts as one game, but such is the nature of NHL playoff hockey. There are no ties. There are no shootouts. Both teams will have to recoup and be ready for Game 2 on Saturday.

Both teams will be ready to play. They’ve been here before – it’s just a matter of finding that 6th, 7th, 8th gear. The road to this point was long, but it’d be a waste to run out of gas now.

For the Hawks – their game plan should be the same. Keep charging the net, get traffic in front of Rask and put any shot you can get on goal – you never know what will go in. We could have been talking about Chara’s shot that grazed off Jagr’s leg as the winner, instead were talking Shaw.

For the Bruins – they need to put this one behind them. It’s hard to play a five hour game and lose, but the quicker they put it in the past and get back to their punishing game plan, the better shot at going to Beantown 1-1.

Game 1 is in the books. Advantage Hawks.

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