Blackhawks win game 1 of Stanley Cup Final
Trailing 1-0 late in the third period, the Chicago Blackhawks scored twice in less than two minutes to steal a 2-1 win on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.
Chicago tied the score with 6:32 left on center Teuvo Teravainen’s high shot over the right shoulder of Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop, who had stopped the first 18 shots he faced.
Then with 4:34 left, a turnover by Lightning right winger J.T. Brown after he was stripped by Teravainen set up the winning goal from center Antoine Vermette to the top right corner of the net. Teravainen was credited with an assist.Chicago trailed nearly the entire game, giving up a goal to Lightning center Alex Killorn in the first five minutes.
Tampa Bay, which had been 7-0 in the playoffs when leading after two periods, held an 18-13 advantage on shots entering the third period but bunkered down on defense, giving up the first five shots of the third without one of their own.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford gave up the early goal but finished with 21 saves in the win.Tampa Bay killed off two Chicago power plays in the first half of the second period, then picked up one of its own after Blackhawks left winger Kris Versteeg was called for goalie interference.
Versteeg hit his face on the far post on a rush to the goal, appearing to injure his right arm as well. Chicago killed off the penalty and the teams finished a combined 0-for-5 on power plays.
Bishop, who had shutouts in two of the last three games in the Eastern Conference finals, stopped the first 11 shots he faced to carry a shutout into the third period, including a high glove save on a shot by former Lightning standout Brad Richards with 3:46 left in the second period.Tampa Bay outshot Chicago 18-13 in the first two periods.
The Lightning needed less than five minutes to produce the first goal, with Killorn scoring on a highlight-reel play for a 1-0 lead.Killorn, who had the winning goal in the final period of Tampa Bay’s Game 7 victory over the New York Rangers to advance to the final, struck again just 4:31 into the opening game of the finals.
With his back to the goal, Killorn took a long shot from defenseman Anton Stralman and redirected it in midair just inside the near post to beat Crawford.
The goal was Killorn’s eighth of the playoffs, with Stralman getting his seventh assist and forward Valtteri Filppula posting his ninth on the play.Tampa Bay was the aggressor early, taking 10 of the game’s first 13 shots to fire up a sellout crowd eager for just the second finals appearance in the team’s history. The Lightning came in with a 9-0 record in the playoffs this season when scoring first.
NOTES: Tampa Bay came in with four straight home wins against Chicago, though six of the last seven overall meetings had been decided by a single goal. … The Lightning continued to go with its most proven players, with prominent rookies — LW Jonathan Drouin, C Vladislav Namestnikov and C Jonathan Marchessault — among the healthy scratches. … Chicago went with D David Rundblad, who had played in only three playoff games, with LW Bryan Bickell, who had played in 17, out with an undisclosed injury and D Kimmo Timonen, who had played in 15, among the healthy scratches. … The difference in Stanley Cup final experience was drastic, with Chicago returning much of its lineup from Cup champions in 2010 and 2013, while the Lightning have just one player with a Cup win in C Valtteri Filppula.