Matchup: Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Date/Time: June 15th, 8:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Chicago -140
After a thrilling three-overtime game to start off this series, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins are back at it once again at the United Center for what couldn’t possibly be any more thrilling of a game than what we saw on Wednesday night.
The Bruins gave it everything that they had in order to beat G Corey Crawford, but in the end, they went over three full periods of hockey without being able to do it. Boston was able to fire off 29 shots in the three OTs, and for good chunks of time, it looked like it was the team that was going to make the breakthrough. Alas, here in overtime in the Stanley Cup Finals, literally anything can happen, and sort of a mix and match line was the one that ultimately beat G Tuukka Rask the final time in the game. Rask didn’t play all that poorly, knowing that he was under a ton of pressure all night long, and he basically played two full games and only allowed four goals. The offense was definitely sufficient until the middle of the third period when it all sort of started to fall apart. LW Milan Lucic and his first line mates did everything right in the first two periods of hockey. Lucic scored twice, while RW Nathan Horton and C David Krejci combined for three assists on those two goals.
Sometimes you just have to get a little lucky, and quite often in these Stanley Cup games, it isn’t the man that you’d be thinking of that pulls off the most shocking of results. Alas, it wasn’t Patrick Sharp or Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews that scored the game-winner in the third overtime period. In fact, those three men combined to score a grand total of zero points in the game. It was a slap from the point from D Michal Rozsival that was deflected first by C David Bolland and eventually by RW Andrew Shaw that beat Rask and won the game. There wasn’t anything that any goalie on the face of the earth was doing about that shot after it was deflected once, let alone a second time, and it was clearly a product of hard work that produced the goal. Chicago is going to have to avoid being sloppy in Game 2, though. The team took not just one, but two too many men on the ice penalties in the overtime periods, and it was fortunate not to lose the game on that stupidity either in the first or the second OT.
This is a series that already deserves to go seven games and deserves to be settled in a zillion overtime periods. To think that either of these teams is going to be favored by more than a -130 margin at any point in these Finals is insane, and we are going to be taking advantage of the price that is on the head of Boston in Game 2.
Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks Game 2 Pick: Boston Bruins +130
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