The real three stars of Game 1

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final proved to be one for the ages

Wednesday night (and

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early Thursday morning for those in attendance),

and while the

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Chicago Blackhawks escaped with a 1-0 series

lead, 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 FOXSports.com, 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

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would come down to goaltending , and Game 1 lived

up to that hype, regardless of what the 4-3 final score might

suggest.

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

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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.

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If these guys continue to play like they did Wednesday,

it’ll be a long series for both offenses.

 

THIRD STAR: CM Punk

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

at this:

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You’ve got to give the Chicago native and WWE superstar

credit. On a night when Blackhawks supporters braved

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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

tweeting

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started with this message

just after 8:30 p.m. ET and

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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):

Nervousness:

Randomness:

NSFW

jubilation after Shaw’s game-winner:

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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: