The real three stars of Game 1

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final proved to be one for the ages
Wednesday night (and

early Thursday morning for those in attendance
and while the

Chicago Blackhawks escaped with a 1-0 series
, you couldn’t help but get the feeling
that this is going to be a long, competitive series — and the
Boston Bruins aren’t going anywhere just yet.

There were plenty of deserving candidates for Game 1’s
three stars here at, but after more than 112 minutes
of hockey that we won’t soon forget, here were our favorite
candidates from the night that was:

FIRST STAR: Deflections

There’s nothing more exciting than bonus playoff hockey,
and we have Andrew Ference’s skate to thank for more of it
than we bargained for Wednesday night. Without this accidental
deflection into his own net with 7:46 left in the third, the Bruins
would have likely won the game in regulation, and we’d have
missed out on one of the most exciting Cup finishes you’ll
ever see:

That being said, it gets to a point where enough is enough, and
eventually someone needed to score, so everyone could go home and
get to bed at a reasonable hour. Enter Michal Rozsival, Dave
Bolland and Andrew Shaw who teamed up for a twice-deflected
game-winner 12:08 into the third overtime period. Shaw then
immediately followed it up by

dropping an F-bomb on live TV at the 2:09
mark of the video below


SECOND STAR: Corey Crawford (OK, and Tuukka Rask)

It was said by many before the series that this Stanley Cup

would come down to goaltending
, and Game 1 lived
up to that hype, regardless of what the 4-3 final score might

You simply couldn’t ask for a better-goaltended game than
the one played by Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford, who combined for
110 saves on 117 shots at the United Center. Unfortunately, someone
had to lose, and this time it was Rask, who gave up two more goals
than he did in

the entire Penguins series
but still stopped a
career-high 59 shots in the loss. (Though there’s a case to
be made that at least two of the goals Rask allowed — the
game-tying shot and the game winner — were unstoppable.)

Meanwhile, Crawford was absolutely electric, and he only got
better as the game went on. His

first-period glove save
was the kind of stop
young goaltenders dream of making, and he spent overtime on his
head, but never allowing the puck to pass.



If these guys continue to play like they did Wednesday,
it’ll be a long series for both offenses.



Before you think I’ve taken a puck to my turnbuckle, just look
at this:

You’ve got to give the Chicago native and WWE superstar
credit. On a night when Blackhawks supporters braved

this vicious storm
to see the game live, Punk
might have been the most rabid fan out there — and he
wasn’t even in the building for the game. His night of live

started with this message
just after 8:30 p.m. ET and

ended with this one

just after 1 a.m.

In between, Punk fluctuated between frustration:

Armchair coaching:

Sheer joy (after Johnny Oduya’s game-tying goal in the
third period):



jubilation after Shaw’s game-winner:

And finally, respect:

Say what you will about pro wrestling, and think what you want
about CM Punk’s tweeting, he was nothing if not interesting
— and at least he’s not a bandwagon jumper like Mick
Jagger, who tweeted this from Boston before the game: