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Blackhawks Game 2 Notes For Saturday vs. Boston

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stats_logo_400x225* Game 1, which ended 12 minutes and eight seconds into the third overtime, turned out to be the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Final history. Game 1 was also the eighth multiple-OT game in Stanley Cup Final history and the first of these games won by the home team.

* The Boston Bruins, who led both 2-0 and 3-1 in Game 1, became just the third team to blow a multi-goal lead in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and lose. Each of the previous two teams (1956 Red Wings and 2006 Oilers) ended up losing the series.

* Teams winning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final have gone on to win the championship in 56 of 73 seasons (76.7%) since the League introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939. The Blackhawks improved to 4-0 in Game 1s during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the Bruins fell to 3-1.

* The Blackhawks have won eight of their last nine games, including their last six on home ice. Chicago has won an NHL-high 10 games at home this postseason and has outscored opponents, 37-20, at United Center.

* While Dave Bolland and Brandon Saad each scored their first goals this postseason in Game 1, Johnny Oduya scored for the first time in 12 games.

* Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask made 59 saves, the most in a Stanley Cup Final game since Colorado’s Patrick Roy recorded 63 saves in a 1-0 win over Florida in the series-clinching Game 4 in 1996.

* Boston forward Milan Lucic tallied a pair of goals for his first multi-goal game of the 2012-13 season (regular season and playoffs). It marked his third career multi-goal game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and first since May 6, 2011, when his two goals helped the Bruins defeat Philadelphia 5-1 to complete a four-game sweep of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

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