We went into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final aggravated with the clothing police and restriction of ticket sales. While we only saw a few dabs of red visible midst an ocean of blue, Blackhawks fans kept their heads held high and cheered on their Chicago Blackhawks.

The Tampa Bay Lightning deployed a prevent defense—a term dubbed by Coach Q himself—to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 goal deficit early in the first. Lightning fans looked excited and hopeful for an easy win in Game 1, but Blackhawks fans continued to rally around their team in hopes for a change in pace— we’d see that in the third.

After the first goal of the night by Killorn, it seemed like no one was going to score. Both teams remained without goals for the rest of the first, all of the second and for most of the third period. The Blackhawks started out slowly while the Lightning skated laps with ease. Maybe Killorn’s back-to-the-net deflection five minutes into the game had the Lightning and their fans convinced that one goal would be enough, but one should know that is never enough because the Blackhawks always have other plans.

Crawford and His Team Wake Up

Unfortunately for the Lightning, Corey “The Crow” Crawford was unstoppable throughout the rest of Game 1. Yes, Bishop was coming off of a 2-0 Eastern Conference Final clincher in game 7 against the New York Rangers and had all the confidence, but it was Crawford that became unstoppable—he kept the Blackhawks in the game with some “Crawsome” saves! Only moments after Crow said, “No,” to Ryan Callahan’s breakaway and Steven Stamkos’ sniper skills, his teammates would find a way to make Crawford a winner.

Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw handled the puck perfectly while Marcus Kruger screened and Teuvo Teravainen wristed the puck into the net over goalie Ben Bishop’s right shoulder to tie the game late in the third. In each game, Teravainen seems to exude comfort, confidence and poise in any circumstance—almost like he doesn’t even break a sweat. And, after a failed clearing attempt by Tampa Bay, Teravainen nudged the puck to Antoine Vermette, who picked the corner with a silencer at 15:26. With a little over 4 minutes left in the third, the game was far from over and the Blackhawks had to rally together to dominate the ice if they were going to leave Game 1 with a win.

Crawford continued to stand tall in goal to bring a win for the Blackhawks in Game 1. With his stellar performance and elite goaltending, Crawford kept the Blackhawks in the game and definitely deserved the second star of the night. Now, let’s hope Coach Q keeps Teravainen and Vermette in the lineup—they always show up along with Crawford. After all, Teuvo Teravainen was the first start of the night with his goal and assist—making him the second youngest player in NHL history to record a multi-point game in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Lightning sat on a lead in the third period, but the Blackhawks stole that win from them. With a 2-1 victory in the series opener, Blackhawks fans are on top of the world. It might only be one game, but this could set the tone for the rest of the series.

Tune in for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 6th at 6:00 P.M. CST and cheer on your Chicago Blackhawks!! Who do you think will be clutch in Game 2?

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