by PuckStopsHere on 06/13/13 at 01:14 AM ET
The longest game of the 2013 playoffs so far is over. Chicago wins 4-3 in triple overtime after 112:08 of game play. Andrew Shaw was credited with the game winning goal on a deflection. I have always been a big fan of long overtime games like that.
I think the biggest we saw in this game that could be important comes to the way Boston managed their bench in a poor way. One of the biggest advantages Boston holds is that of travel. In a shortened season the Bruins game in Chicago was their first outside the Eastern Time Zone since a March 19th trip to Winnipeg. Meanwhile Chicago has played games in all four major North American time zones this year. Thus Boston has an advantage in terms of their rest status and it is probably a significant advantage. The problem is they are throwing it away by shortening their bench in a long first game of the finals. While one Blackhawk played more than 40 minutes (Duncan Keith), four members of the Boston defence played over 40 minutes today (Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk and Andrew Ference). They are voluntarily giving up this advantage. Both teams have until Saturday to recover from tonight's marathon before going at it again on Saturday.
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