According to the official scoresheet, Andrew Shaw gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 Game 1 win at 12:08 of triple overtime.
But according to Tuukka Rask, the Bruins lost the game well before both teams pushed over the 100-minute mark.
In the third period, the Bruins held a 3-1 lead. In the playoffs, they had been money when up late in games. They have been mentally and physically proficient in throttling the life out of opponents and not giving them any hints at rallies.
That wasn’t the case in Game 1.
“We had the game. We were up 3-1 in the third,” said Rask, who made 59 saves. “Then a terrible turnover leads to the second goal. A puck bounce leads to the tying goal. We just gave it away. We’ve got to be better than that.”
The Bruins had a 3-1 lead thanks to a pair of Milan Lucic strikes and a Patrice Bergeron power-play goal. They were 12 minutes away from grabbing a 3-1 road win at the United Center and a 1-0 series lead.
But rookie Torey Krug started the downslide. Krug had taken a pass from Adam McQuaid and was looking to start the breakout. Dave Bolland, Chicago’s lead forechecker, steered Krug toward the left-side wall. Krug tried to push the puck up the middle. But Shaw stepped in front of Krug’s pass to start the counterattack.
Krug backtracked and tried to fend off the rush. But Shaw slid a cross-ice pass under Krug’s stick to the blade of Bolland. Before Rask could slide over, Bolland snapped the puck past the netminder at 8:00 of the third. The Blackhawks were within one goal.
Rask couldn’t do anything to stop the tying goal. Johnny Oduya, whose misplay led to Lucic’s first goal, wound up from the top of the zone. Oduya’s shot was going wide right. But Oduya’s shot glanced off Andrew Ference’s left skate and caromed past Rask at 12:14 to tie the game at 3-3. Ference wasn’t even looking at Oduya’s shot when the puck thudded off his skate.
In the first overtime, the Bruins had a glittering chance to win. Chicago was called for too many men at 12:08. On the power play, Corey Crawford stuffed David Krejci. Nathan Horton was on the doorstep for the rebound. But Horton couldn’t elevate his shot over Crawford.
Later on the power play, Horton suffered a game-ending injury. Horton was hurt while pushing Niklas Hjalmarsson on a seemingly harmless play. After the shove, Horton pulled up, bent over, and started toward the bench. Horton, doubled over in pain, skated to the bench. Horton retreated to the dressing room and never returned. Seguin took over most of Horton’s shifts on the first line.
Horton (zero shots, 22:28 of ice time) missed the last five regular-season games because of an upper-body injury suffered in a fight with Jarome Iginla.
Coach Claude Julien didn’t have any information on Horton after the loss.
“There’s nothing to say because our doctors haven’t finalized the evaluation properly,” Julien said.
Horton had a helper on Lucic’s first-period goal. But Horton was stripped prior to Brandon Saad’s goal in the second period. Horton had the puck along the wall in the defensive zone. Marian Hossa picked Horton’s pocket from behind to trigger the attack the other way. Hossa set up Saad, who beat Rask at 3:08 of the second to make it a 2-1 game.
If Horton is unable to play in Game 2, Jordan Caron could draw into the lineup.
The Bruins also had a chance in triple overtime. Seguin and Kaspars Daugavins had a two-on-one chance. Daugavins cut across the crease and tried to get a shot on goal. But Oduya got his stick on Daugavins and prevented the forward from putting enough muscle behind the shot.
“I thought that in overtime we got better,” Julien said. “We got a little stronger. We had some great looks, some great opportunities, we just didn’t bury them. Eventually somebody is going to score a goal as fatigue sets in. Not disappointed in our effort. There’s certain things you’re going to want to fix for next game. But as far as the game is concerned, it was a hard-fought game.”
Later in triple overtime, the Blackhawks won several puck battles. In the corner, Shaw dumped Dennis Seidenberg, who lost his glove in the battle. As Seidenberg retreated to pick up his glove, Shaw broke for the net.
As Rozsival wound up, Rask had the shot lined up.
“It was a soft shot,” Rask said. “I probably would have had it.”
Instead, Rozsival’s shot bounced off Bolland’s stick. It changed direction. Then the puck deflected off Shaw’s leg. The puck changed direction once more. And that was that.
“Point shot, tip, goal,” said Rask. “Hit the pants or something like that. I don’t know who they gave credit to.”Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.