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June 13, 2013

Blackhawks outlast Bruins in triple OT in Cup opener

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 finals game in history.

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.Shaw skated in front of the goal in the third overtime and redirected Dave Bolland'sshot into the net for the winning score in theChicago Blackhawks' 4-3 victory over theBoston Bruins in a riveting Game 1 on Wednesday night.

And just like that, the longest finals 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.

"Get some rest, because we basically just played two games in one night here,'' Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "But based on how it went tonight, we'll have to be ready.''Game 2 is Saturday night at the United Center.

The Blackhawks won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 10-1 at home in the playoffs. Bolland and Johnny Oduya scored in the third period for Chicago, which never would have made it to the third overtime if not for an impressive performance by goaltender Corey Crawford. Brandon Saad had his first goal of the playoffs.

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