Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored two goals in less than two minutes late in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena. The Hawks now hold a 1-0 lead in the series.
Teravainen's shot from the left circle went past both Marcus Kruger and Valtteri Filppula to snap Ben Bishop's shutout streak at 113 minutes. It came two minutes after Corey Crawford made a game-saving stop on a Ryan Callahan breakaway attempt. Teravainen recorded an assist on Vermette's goal for a two point night.
The Lightning called a timeout but it didn't do anything to stop the Hawks' momentum, as Vermette's shot from the slot bounced off J.T. Brown's stick and beat Bishop for the game-winner. It was Vermette's third goal of the postseason and his second game-winner in five games. He also scored in the second overtime of Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at United Center.
The Hawks will look to ride the momentum in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series Saturday at Amalie Arena.
From the opening faceoff, the Lightning were buzzing. In the first minute, the Lightning had a few chances in front of Crawford, but couldn't finish. Then just four and half minutes in, Alex Killorn had a highlight-reel goal for the ages, back-handing an Anton Stralman point shot out of mid-air and past Crawford. It was Killorn's eight goal of the postseason -- and the first goal by a Harvard graduate in the Cup Final -- that sent the already electric crowd into a frenzy.
The Hawks struggled to get going offensively throughout the first two periods, only recording 10 shots on net. Three power plays resulted in just two shots. It took the late surge of energy from the team and a 23-save performance from Crawford to grab the win.
The big surprise of the night came before puck drop as Bryan Bickell was scratched and Kris Versteeg took his place. Bickell didn't play past the second period in Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks. In the postgame presser Wednesday, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville stated Bickell is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
In the second period, Versteeg tripped over Victor Hedman's skate and fell into Bishop, resulting in a goaltender interference penalty. Versteeg was visibility shaken after his head struck the goalpost, but he was sent straight to the penalty box instead of being evaluated by medical staff for concussion symptoms. Quenneville said afterwards the team "absolutely" followed protocol regarding Versteeg's head injury.
Thirteen games down, three to go for the Hawks.