NHL Betting: Long night ahead for the Blackhawks and Bruins


It's advantage Chicago in the Stanley Cup Finals after the Blackhawks took an incredibly close Game 1 in triple overtime. 

112 minutes of hockey were required to separate the two teams on Wednesday and even then it took a fortunate double deflection to win it for the Hawks. 

Boston will have plenty of regrets about the game after leading both 2-0 and 3-1 on the night but have been stressing the importance of moving on quickly in front of the media. There's no need for them to worry just yet, the old adage is always that you're never in trouble until you lose at home.

Andrew Shaw's right leg was awarded the match winner and it had been Shaw alongside Dave Bolland on the third line, driving the Hawks forward throughout. 

Joel Quenneville clearly sent Chicago out with the intention of being physical, yet until they found the right balance, their over-exuberance was working in the Bruins' favour. 

Crucially they answered back quickly to falling two goals down and as the momentum switched they started using their skill and speed advantages to good effect. 

Captain Jonathan Toews was last night named the NHL's best defensive forward. Even though he's still struggling offensively that strong two way game means Toews is always highly valuable in tough situations.

Although they were outshot 63-54, I'd say Boston had the greater number of quality chances. The continued effectiveness of David Krejci's top line almost guarantees them a couple of goals every game. 

Patrice Bergeron is their man for the big occasion and has three goals in his last four games, so back him to score at least once here at 4.50

I'd maintain that the Bruins are still good value to win tonight at 3.05. You'd fancy them to not make the same mistakes if they manage to get a lead. Considering how tight the first contest was, another tie at the conclusion of regulation may be the best option out at 3.70.

Best Bet: 3.70 on the game to go to overtime

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