New England NHL Fans Tired, Cranky Thanks to 3OT Game 1

Each period in an NHL game is 20 minutes. Overtime periods are 20 minutes as well. So, with the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks starting at 8:15pm on June 12th, by the 3rd overtime it was a different day. It was settled around 1 AM with a double deflected goal from Chicago defenseman Michael Rozsival giving the Blackhawks the early advantage in the series.

It was a game of halves. The first 2 periods had the Bruins playing good hockey and amassing a 2-1 advantage on two goals from wingman Milan Lucic. In the third period, another early goal by the Bruins pushed the score to 3-1, but the rest of the period would belong to the Blackhawks as they battled back to equalize with a slap shot from Blackhawk defenseman Johnny Oduya. It was almost 11pm, eastern time.

What followed the end of regulation, and a 3-3 tie, was two solid periods of over-the-top, physical, hockey that had the Blackhawks steadily getting better with each minute. The Bruins did have most of the chances to end it in the first overtime period but were unable to capitalize. Time continued to pass. With the start of the second overtime period it was 12:30am, a new day had been born, and still the score was locked at 3.

By the time Rozsival scored the game winner, it was the third overtime and past 1am. The Boston faithful collectively groaned with frustration and finally slept…only to start their day a handful of hours later. They’ll do it again on Saturday June 15th at 8pm in Chicago.

No question a nap earlier in the day will be required.

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