In what was going to be a very close hockey game, ended being a very close hockey game as the run for the Stanley Cup continues as the Chicago Blackhawks last night took the first game in the Stanley Cup finals, as right-winger Andrew Shaw was credited with the winning goal, with a pass from center Dave Bolland, that deflected off the skate of defenseman Michal Rozsival.
The Boston Bruins nearly won it at the end of the second overtime period when Jaromir Jagr’s deflection in the closing seconds of that overtime period hit off the post and took a lucky Chicago Blackhawks bounce away from the inside of the net. It was Zdeno Chara’s shot from the right point that hit Jagr in the slot, but the puck bounced away from the net.
The Boston Bruins left-winger Milan Lucic scored twice in the game, the first time with a wrist shot at 13:11 into the 1st period and then again with a blazing slap shot at 00:51 in the second period.
Then Boston Bruins added another as Bruins center and alternate captain Patrice Bergeron slapped one in for Boston with 6:09 in the 3rd period.
The Chicago Blackhawk Brandon Saad scored with a wrist shot with 3:08 into the 2nd period. Center David Bolland and defenseman Johnny Oduya followed with slap shots in the middle of the 3rd period to tie the game in regulation time.
The victory for the Chicago Blackhawks puts them one step closer to the Stanley Cup. They need three more victories to a Stanley Cup championship and a visit to the White House.
At a campaign event in Boston, stumping for Rep. Ed Markey, President Obama said “Because I am here with my great friends from Boston, because I’m here to campaign on behalf of somebody who will be an outstanding member of the United States Senate, I am not going to talk trash about the hockey game.”
President Obama continued to a few boos, “I’m not going to say anything about the outstanding qualities of the Chicago Blackhawks. I’m not going to say anything. I’m not going to do it. Because I don’t want to make you all feel bad. I want you to feel good.”
It wasn’t that long ago that the Chicago Blackhawks won a championship and won a visit to the White House.
On March 11, 2011, the Chicago Blackhawks were invited to the White House and honored as the 2010 Stanley Cup champions.
At the time of the 2010 Stanley Cup championship, President Obama was presented with a jersey, “Obama 44” and said referring to the long drought of championships in Chicago that “even by Chicago standards, 49 years, that’s a pretty long time.”
“To put that in perspective, the last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, a movie cost 69 cents. JFK had just moved into the White House. I was still in diapers. And when the legendary Glenn Hall played goalie for the Hawks, he did it with a wooden stick and no mask,” President Obama told the Chicago Blackhawk team and coaches.
“So you can understand why people were a little skeptical when, after this team’s first practice last year, Patrick Kane came off the ice and said, ‘We want to win the Stanley Cup.’ We had heard that before,” said President Obama.
Could history repeat itself?
Just three more victories for the Chicago Blackhawks and they will be hoisting the Stanley Cup over their heads and around the city of Chicago.
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African American studies, published by The Elevator Group, Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns.