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Stanley Cup Stories: Blackhawks outlast Bruins

06/13/2013 04:27 EDT | Updated 08/12/2013 05:12 EDT
After a four-day break before Game 1, it felt like the Stanley Cup final was never going to start. Then almost six periods later, the series opener between the Blackhawks and Bruins felt like it was never going to end. This and more in the top NHL playoff stories from Wednesday:

1. Although shot No. 117 won the opening game for Chicago, it still made two stops along the way. Michal Rozsival's point shot went off Blackhawks teammates David Bolland and Andrew Shaw, who was credited with ending the fifth longest contest in Cup final history. Almost two full games had been played before Bruins forward Milan Lucic's pair of goals became a distant memory. And looking back now, Bolland and Shaw's joint effort in the third period may as well have foreshadowed their overtime winner as Johnny Oduya scored the game-tying goal to overcome a 3-1 deficit. But we won't be forgetting this image of the triple-overtime hero for a while — at least until Game 2 on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).

2. The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins dressing rooms had all the evidence of a triple-overtime thriller, CBCSports.ca's Tim Wharnsby reports. But Bruins coach Claude Julien wasn't giving up any clues on the status of forward Nathan Horton, who left midway through the first overtime with an apparent upper body injury.

3. These NHLers felt sympathy fatigue for the Cup finalists in the marathon game that lasted 112 minutes and eight seconds, while these fans embraced the extra time. However this infographic could have predicted when this overtime edition would end. Do you think this familiar fellow stayed up to finish the game? We'll refrain from cracking a 'moves like this guy' joke.

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