He wasn’t perfect throughout the game – the Bruins’ second goal was on him – but he was flawless in overtime, where he made 29 saves in the three extra periods. If he didn’t outplay the much-heralded Tuukka Rask, he came close. Chicago took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, 4-3.
No. 2 Star: Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks
Shaw’s deflection goal at 12:08 of the third overtime gave Chicago the Game 1 victory. He also added the primary helper on Dave Bolland’s key third-period goal, forcing a turnover, and got under the skin of Zdeno Chara.
No. 3 Star: Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins
Lucic scored two goals for the Bruins and added an assist in Patrice Bergeron’s power-play goal in a losing effort.
Honorable mention: Brandon Saad scored his first of the playoffs in the second period. … Johnny Oduya’s goal off the skate of Andrew Ference tied the game at 12:14 of the third. … Rask made 59 saves.
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. David Krejci, Boston Bruins; 2. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins; 4. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins; 5. Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins; 7. Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks; 8. Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins; 9. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; 10. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks.
Dishonorable mention: Chris Kelly was a minus-3. … Torey Krug was a minus-2 and had a had turnover. … The Blackhawks took two “too many men on the ice” penalties in overtime. … They also couldn’t convert on a 5-on-3 power play.