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NHL20 Playoffs Sim Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1: Bruins draws first blood in overtime

Nick Ritchie scored in the first overtime to end a back and forth affair

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Boston leads best of 7 series 1-0

Leaders:

Goals

BOS: Marchand (12)

CGY: Monahan (12)

Assists

BOS: Bergeron (16)

CGY: Andersson (13)

Points

BOS: Bergeron (20)

CGY: Monahan (22)

Goalies

BOS: Rask (12-4-1) 2.4 .92 2 SO

CGY: Rittich (13-4-1) 2.82 .920


Calgary Flames 4 - Boston Bruins 5 (OT)

Scoring

Calgary Flames

1st: 5:22- Lucic (6) (N/A)

2nd: 14:09- Lindholm (7) (Gaudreau [11], Rittich [2])

3rd: 4:01- Andersson (3) (Backlund [12], Dube [6]), 8:10- Tkachuk (6) (Hanifin [8], Czarnik [1])

OT: None

Boston Bruins

1st: 8:09 PPG- Bergeron (4) (McAvoy [6], Marchand [7])

2nd: 19:01- Krejci (2) (Krug [7], Carlo [4])

3rd: 0:29- Marchand (12) (N/A), 14:25- Carlo (1) (Nordstrom [3], Lindholm [1])

OT: 10:58- Ritchie (3) (Kase [6], Chara [5])

Recap

What a series this is going to be. Game 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final was a hot mess of the best kind, with 4 lead changes, 9 goals, and some superb goaltending.

Longtime Bruins hero Milan Lucic kicked the affair off early, as his hard drive to the net towards a rebound allowed him to poke the puck behind Tuukka Rask, whom kicked it in his own net in a desperate flop.

The Bruins would even the contest up on leading scorer Patrice Bergeron’s powerplay goal midway through the first. 2 powerplays in the opening frame gave the Bruins a staggering lead in shots at 16-5, but David Rittich kept the door closed on all other attempts.

The contest would remain 1-1 until late in the second. Johnny Gaudreau cleared a Rittich rebound with a long pass to Elias Lindholm, who used a little space to rifle a wrist shot under the bar on Rask, and give the Flames back the lead.

The Bruins would again even the game up before intermission, as David Krejci tipped a Torrey Krug blast perfectly through Rittich with 59 seconds remaining in the second. Boston kept the momentum going early in the second. Rittich absolutely robbed David Pastrnak twice in a row to generate an offensive zone faceoff for the Bruins. Mark Giordano made a poor pass in the slot, and Brad Marchand easily gave Boston it’s first lead just 29 seconds into the third.

The Flames would push back, and push back hard. Rasmus Andersson, who’s been been an assist generating machine, scored his first goal since potting two in Round 2 against the Golden Knights. Mikael Backlund gained the zone and tossed a soft pass back to the trailing Andersson, who also put one under the bar on Rask.

Calgary struck again 4 minutes later. Noah Hanifin’s blast dropped tantalizingly right in front of Rask, and Matthew Tkachuk ended his drought. Tkachuk, who’s only managed 8 points through 18 games, was the only Flame to not record a single point against Colorado in a goal laden affair.

The jubilation would end there on the night for Calgary, as Brandon Carlo tied it with just over 5 minutes to go. Rasmus Andersson wasn’t able to deflect Ondrej Kase’s pass in overtime, and Nick Ritchie ended Game 1 midway through the first overtime. (Anaheim still screwing Calgary over in the playoffs).

Flame of the Game

Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Noah Hanifin (D): He was only credited with the assist on Tkachuk’s goal, but that and his shot on Lucic’s opening goal generated two tallies essentially by himself. Still looking for his first career playoff goal.