The three-overtime opener of the Stanley Cup finals came to a thrilling end at the stroke of midnight local time,Wednesday because the tenacious Andrew Shaw is a whole lot more than his reputation for irritating opposing players.
Shaw skated in front of the goal at the right time, deflecting Dave Bolland’s tip into the net for the winning score in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in the fifth-longest game in the history of the Stanley Cup.
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Emrick after a number of scoring chances: “Enough excitement here for you?”
Emrick: “What sacrifice here in OT…what wonderful action in both ends.”
Emrick: “Rebounds are starting to be left by fatigued goaltenders.”
Second Overtime Intermission
Jones: “The chances were outrageous…I’ll stay here all night to watch overtime hockey like that.”
McHugh: “It’s an Original Six Stanley Cup showdown. We’re heading to double overtime.”
McGuire: “Fatigue is becoming a very real part of this exercise for both teams right now.”
Olczyk on Blackhawks penalty for too many men on the ice: “When you’re tired and fatigued, mistakes happen.”
Emrick: “And the horn sounds and the Blackhawks have survived a short-hand situation.”
Third Overtime Intermission
Milbury: “A much more, under control, second overtime.”
Emrick: “I think practice tomorrow is cancelled.”
Emrick: “A deflection in front, and it’s over.”
Olczyk: “A double-deflection ends it for the Blackhawks.”
Milbury on Bruins blowing two-goal lead: “They will live to regret it.”
Roenick: “This is going to be one heck of a final.”
McHugh: “We felt a special kind of energy tonight in this building. It’s the type of energy when enjoyment meets anxiety.”