CHICAGO — Andrew Shaw skated off to the side and pumped his arms furiously.
One shot from the right point plus two deflections was just enough to beat Tuukka Rask in the fifth-longest Stanley Cup Final game in history.
Shaw skated in front of the goal in the third overtime and redirected Dave Bolland’s shot into the net for the winning score in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in a riveting Game 1 on Wednesday night.
Michal Rozsival started the winning sequence with a shot from the right point into traffic. Bolland tipped it before Shaw got it by Rask for his fifth goal of the playoffs.
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And just like that, the longest Stanley Cup Final game in five years was over.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be pretty,” Shaw said. “It was a great shot, great shift. It was unbelievable. All the guys deserved this. It was a great battle for us.”
Milan Lucic had two goals and an assist for the Bruins, who had won five straight and nine of 10. Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal and David Krejci finished with two assists.
Rask made an astounding 59 saves in the longest finals game since Pittsburgh beat Detroit 4-3 when Petr Sykora scored at 9:57 of third overtime on June 2, 2008.
The Blackhawks won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 10-1 at home in the playoffs.
Game 2 is Saturday night at the United Center.
Jaromir Jagr nearly won it for Boston in the closing seconds of the second OT when the puck deflected off him and hit the post, preserving the tie.
With Original Six franchises playing for a championship for the first time in 34 years, the series is off to a rousing start.
The Blackhawks got third-period goals from Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya to erase a 3-1 deficit. Corey Crawford was simply spectacular in the extra period, and the Blackhawks wound up going to double OT for the second straight game.
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