Nobody knew what to expect, not really, whether they said they did or not. The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks had been sealed in separate bubbles during this lockout-shortened season, East and West, and by the time they met in the Stanley Cup finals all they had was practice with shadow teams, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. Time to find out what they had been missing. The series was a mystery; the game became one too.
And Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final went from a rolling joy to a tense stalemate to a march into the night, past the point where the city lights marked the edge of town. It took three overtimes, and countless near-finishes, until finally with 7:52 left in the third OT, a point shot from Michael Rozsival drifted off Dave Bolland’s stick first, then caught a tiny piece of Andrew Shaw — his knee, it looked like — to end it all. Chicago won 4-3 to open the series. It was the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup final history. All it took was a double deflection that changed direction twice, on Chicago’s 63rd shot of the game. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Pool/The Associated Press)