Found June 13, 2013 on NESN.com:
Every spring we hear what sounds an awful lot like hyperbole when it comes to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Players, fans and media alike rave about the incredible feat of strength that is finishing an entire postseason. It’s impressive, no doubt, but these guys are professional athletes playing their sport. It’s what they do, isn’t it? But then games like Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final happen, and you realize what these men put themselves through is truly remarkable. The Bruins and Blackhawks entered the first game of the Cup Final having played a combined 129 games since mid-January leading up to the Final. They kicked that potential seven-game series off by playing almost two entire games. The final amount of game time was 112 minutes and 8 seconds, the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Final history. You could try and paint an eloquent picture of Game 1, but sometimes, the numbers and their sheer insanity tell the entire story. The two teams combined for 117 shots on goal. The Bla...
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