The 2015 Stanley Cup Finals were opened by Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks in Florida on Wednesday night.
The battle was extremely defensive and after a great fight it was time for Blackhawks to take the game one home. By winning this one, they are at an advantage at the home end for the NHL Championship series.
The offense of Blackhawks’ appeared a little late than usual for the game that ended up being a low-scoring affair.
Throughout the first two opening periods, Chicago managed merely 13 shots towards the net, while Lightning was riding on the 1-0 lead, which happened early in the game by Alex Killorn.
As the game proceeded, a couple of wrist shots were snapped by the Hawks at 13:28 and 15:26 by Ben Bishop. However, the goals, which were finally scored was by Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen.
Tampa Bay, which had only five shots attempted in the whole of the third period could not come up with an effective offence strategy of their own.
This kind of performance resulted in an amazing 2-1 win for Chicago. This came right in time for the team.
If Tampa Bay would really like to recover, they will need to wait and watch until Saturday night when they will be getting back on ice.
Game 2 is not scheduled to be played until and after this weekend, which may affect the Lightning who are looking to put behind this loss before they march forward.
With an amazing win, just when the series was about to open, would give a huge ego boost to Chicago, especially when they know that they have the home-ice benefit.
The Hawks have yet another reason to feel great about their comeback because they didn’t get any offense even from their extremely skilled skaters.
Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp were all banked for goals, although only Duncan could pass off with an assist.
People who were betting odds on Chicago earlier drastically dropped following their win, which opened in the series.
Sometime earlier during the week, the price of the Hawks was as long as -125, which was the betting odds that were highly recommended.
But post the first game a lot of sport books, which were present were updating odds on a general note in the future market, exclusively for Stanley Cup, which is around -300 straight up on the Hawks. For example, bookies like PaddyPower and Stan James!
According to many views, which were collective, it is predicted that Tampa Bay would be overachieving even if they just make it to Game 6 in the most anticipated Stanley Cup Finals.
On the other hand, Chicago Sweep is priced at +1000 still with Coral.
Game 2 will be held on Saturday night at 7.15 pm ET. This game is nearly a do-or-die situation for Tampa Bay!