By: Jacob Fain
Finally, the wait is over. Game 1 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks arrived.
Game 1 in any series is always very special; you have the privilege of seeing two teams really truly feel each other out and get a good idea of who they’re going to see for the next week.
The Lightning came out ignoring all of this, and let out a full force attack on the Blackhawks, specifically goalie Corey Crawford. A few great chances passed the Bolts by for most of the first period, until Alex Killorn had a crazy tip-in goal to lead the game 1-0 with just five minutes gone in the first.This showcased what Tampa has done time and time again: they attack like it’s nobody’s business.
Chicago still had over forty minutes to work with, and that’s more than enough time for this veteran team to do their job. The second period lacked scoring but not excitement. The Hawks proved they were not done by having effective rushes. Even if they did not result in goals, they put the Bolts on their heels, and this carried over to the third.
The Bolts looked like a deer in head lights, they froze in a huge moment, but they’re young, so it comes with the territory. In the third, Antoine Vermette got the Hawks on the board, beating Ben Bishop low stick side. Then, within two minutes of that goal, the Hawks struck again with Teuvo Teravainen, who’s slap shot beat Bishop high glove side to give the Hawks the lead.
It’s pretty safe to say the Bolts and everyone viewing the game in Tampa has been silenced. The Bolts need to really learn from Game 1 and hunker down, not letting the Hawks force them to play the whole game on their heels.