Swinging Johnson - NHL Record (13-9-1, +14.15 units)
*Games assigned 1 to 5 units.
Seriously, are you kidding me? I'm not even sure what to say or how to proceed after the Boston Bruins, my Boston Bruins, allowed a two goal lead to evaporate and ultimately lost Game 1 on a double deflection in triple overtime.
The theatrical glove save by Corey Crawford on Marchand in the first period just left me shaking my head. I thought if this is how it's going to be then the Bruins are in for a long night. But then Lucic struck with a low wrister that got the B's on the board. When he struck again in the opening seconds of the second period with a blast over the shoulder of Crawford I was all ready for a good old fashioned rout. But it wasn't until midway through the third period that the Bruins scored their third and final goal when Bergeron launched a laser that careened off the top post and into the net for a commanding 3-1 lead.
The Blackhawks then went on to score the next three goals en route to a stunning come-from-behind victory. After outshooting Boston 39-25 in regulation they were outshot 29-24 but netted the all-important game winner by Andrew Shaw for a 4-3 victory as we watched three units on a +140 underdog go up in smoke for our sports picks.
I am bummed out boys. I went on the air with the overlord of SBR, Peter Loshak, and boldly proclaimed the Bruins would wrap this series up in six games. I predicted Boston would take one of two at the United Center in my NHL picks and dammit they should already have one in the bag. Okay Swinger, breathe deep and let it go.
Alright, I'm better now (not really). So what have we learned in Game 1? We have learned that both goalies were pretty fantastic despite the seven goals combined. Hockey today has a bit too much luck for my taste. It's like a pinball game where the puck glances off all that traffic in front of the net and sometimes finds a home inside the net through no fault of the goalie. The guys are bigger and faster which means the ice surface needs to be wider but don't hold your breath waiting for NHL owners to expand the surface and reduce seating capacity.
But I digress. I feel the Hawks now have the momentum and the Bruins may not be able to shake off that loss. But Boston is a resilient team as demonstrated in their historic Game 7 against comeback against Toronto in the opening round of the playoffs. I'm just not sure how these teams will respond so I am staying away from the side and looking for a much more contained and measured game.
NHL odds makers have set the total at 5, but the triple overtime with take its toll. Both sides are exhausted after playing what amounted to two games in one night. The goalies looked razor sharp despite the pinball goals that snuck through Rask. I'm looking for a low scoring affair in this one.Play Under 5 (-145) for 3 units at Bet365.com