Bits and pieces from Game 1
CHICAGO--A few bits and pieces got lost along the way.
Such is usually the case in triple overtime hockey games.
The winning goal by Andrew Shaw in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was the most important moment, of course, but there were a lot of elements that due to the late hour and tight deadlines escaped publication, including:
--There were 117 shots in all, 63 by the hometown Hawks. Only four players didn't have one including Nathan Horton and Chris Kelly for the Bruins, and Marcus Kruger and Michal Rozsival for the Hawks. It was Rozsival's shot, of course, that was deflected by David Bolland and then Shaw for the winner.
--In 112 minutes and 8 seconds of play there were 120 hits, 61 for Chicago. Andrew Ference led both teams with 10 hits, while three Hawks - Bryan Bickell, Michal Frolik and Shaw - had nine each.
--After dominating for three rounds in the faceoff circle, the Bruins won just 51 per cent of the draws in Game 1. Patrice Bergeron was still dominant, taking 41 draws and winning 27 of them.
--There were 63 blocked shots, 40 by Boston, including nine by Dennis Seidenberg in his 48:38 of playing time.
--Duncan Keith led all players in ice time with two seconds more than Seidenberg and an average shift length of 55 seconds. Boston's Shawn Thornton brought up the rear with just 9:55 of ice time. Shaw was the most efficient player with two points, a plus-2, three shots, nine hits and two faceoffs taken (both lost) in 24:03.
When it was over, it was the Bruins left to do most of the thinking as they trail in a playoff series for the first time this spring and may have some decisions to make.
Horton left the game in the first overtime and did not return with what appeared to be a shoulder injury and was officially described as an "upper body" woe.
If he can't play in Game 2, Claude Julien would likely choose between veteran checker Jay Pandalfo, Swedish newcomer Carl Soderberg or youngster Jordan Caron.
As well, Torey Krug struggled at times in his 32 shifts, although he had a great chance to win it in the second OT. If Julien decides to make a change there, he would have Wade Redden, Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski to choose from, although the health of Redden isn't clear.
After getting all the bounces against the Penguins and Rangers, the Bruins saw them go Chicago's way in the opener. Johnny Oduya's shot banked in off the skate of Ference in the third to tie the game, Zdeno Chara's shot late in the seocond OT glanced off the post and just before Shaw's winner, Kaspars Daugavins had Corey Crawford down and out but fell over his feet at the same time a desperate Oduya dive helped break up the play.