The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are set to enter a third OT period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. More than a few bleary-eyed observers will note that this contest could’ve been over much sooner.
As you can see, the Bruins in particular put together quite a few chances from the first OT:
Tyler Seguin had a nice semi-breakaway in the second OT, but Corey Crawford was up to the task:
The moment that really challenged the heart health of hockey fans came in the waning moments of double-OT, as Zdeno Chara’s shot was deflected by Jaromir Jagr and barely missed hitting the net, clanging the post instead.
All of these highlights make it seem like the Bruins have dominated the overtime in particular, but Chicago has been competitive and sometimes dominant. In fact, the Blackhawks carried a 57-47 shot advantage into triple OT and that ignores all the attempts that missed the net.
Ultimately, missed opportunities might just haunt whichever team goes this deep into the night without a win.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.