Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is high on the list of players who can ratchet up the hatred level against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. Sometimes that means (possibly) taking a bite out of the competition.
In the fine tradition of Alexander Burrows from 2011, it’s possible that Shaw chomped on Victor Hedman during a first period scuffle in Game 1. You make the call if it seems like he did so by checking out the video:
There was no penalty on the play. In case you’re wondering, Burrows didn’t get suspended for snacking on Patrice Bergeron, so this is likely just something for us to chew on.
Here’s the Burrows bite, by the way.
Video: Killorn’s impressive deflection gives Lightning quick 1-0 lead
The Tampa Bay Lightning sure don’t look out of place during the (very) early goings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Instead, they’re forcing some scrambling from the Chicago Blackhawks, which opened up opportunities like Alex Killorn’s 1-0 goal early in the first period. The Ivy League grad showed some brilliant hand-eye coordination on this one:
As you can see, the Bolts have been great when scoring first in these playoffs.
For many hockey fans, it’s something of a dream series. Whether you lean toward the proven Chicago Blackhawks or the promising Tampa Bay Lightning, you’re unlikely to lament a lack of speed or skill in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.
Really, it feels like puckheads are getting spoiled here. On one side, you have Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and a bevvy of other talented Blackhawks. Few would dismiss the Lightning’s chances, however, as they boast Steven Stamkos, “The Triplets” and Victor Hedman. Ben Bishop vs. Corey Crawford also makes for an intriguing goalie matchup.
The buildup might have been agonizing for some, but the plus side is that the two teams couldn’t be much more rested this deep into the postseason. Game 1 kicks off in Tampa Bay, so you can soak up the electric atmosphere on NBC and also via NBC Sports Live Extra. Coverage before and after the contest takes place on NBCSN, but you can stream also stream that footage via the links below.