Stanley Cup Final: Post Game 1 Wrap-Up

Posted: 06/13/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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In a rare occurrence, game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final surpassed the hyperbole leading up to the event. The game itself wasn’t decided until the 12:08 mark of the third over time period. Just over five and a half periods of hockey to decide the outcome.

At what point I was inspired to tweet, This game won’t end. We’ve all died and gone to hockey heaven. Maybe it isn’t form to quote oneself, but that was re-tweeted, so the sentiment was obviously shared by others.

The one thing that impressed about the game is how right everyone leading up to it. Media and blogosphere burned bandwidth describing how the game and the series was too close to call. Everybody from the advanced stat geeks to the hockey nerds nailed some facet of the game.

Fact is we know and understand these teams. Chicago took the game to the Boston attacking in waves. The Bruins stymied the Blackhawks with layers of defenders who met every parry and thrust.

At the end of the day, the game was decided on a pinball type play. Five and one-half hours after it began, Mike Rozsival blasted a slapshot from the point that ricochet off Dave Bolland and bounced in off the knee of Andrew Shaw. Advanced stat aficionados call that puck luck. Hockey people know it to be opportunistic.

In any event we knew by then this wasn’t hockey heaven. It was down to earth real. Chicago had taken a 1-0 lead in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

Note: Nathan Horton left the game in the third period after a seemingly harmless bump from a Chicago player left him wincing in pain. The speculation is that Horton re-injured his shoulder. Horton’s status for Game 2 is unknown. He joins energy line center Gregory Campbell on the injury list.

Should the injuries pile up on Boston it does lend credence to cz’s theory that  teams that play a physical style are more worn down at this time of year than less physical teams.

The teams now get two days to rest and re-hydrate before the series resumes on Saturday.

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Comments
  1. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    What a game…sad to see anyone lose…Game 1 bounces went to Chicago, the tying goal, the potential equalizer that hit the post via Chara and the wining goal via two deflections…looking forward to Game 2…I believe it is on Saturday.

  2. What a game! I stayed up for the whole thing, and, as a Blackhawks fan, was obviously thrilled. I love what Andrew Shaw later said of his goal: “We knew it wasn’t going to be pretty at that point.”

    Are you a basketball fan, too? If so, I think you’d enjoy my latest article on the coaching carousel: http://sambrief.com/2013/06/15/coaching-carousel/

    • bc says:

      I don’t know where you kids find the time to cover more than one sport. I do like your blog.
      Sam is in his mid-teens and has been blogging for over a year now.

      • Thank you! It does take time, but I love it.

        Game two was disappointing for me (a Blackhawks fan), but the Bruins outplayed the ‘Hawks in the 2nd, 3rd, and, of course, overtime periods. Time for a split in Boston!

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