CHICAGO – We have had two Stanley Cup Finals games, both tightly-contested and decided in overtime.
The series between the evenly-matched Bruins and the Blackhawks is tied at 1-1 and is now heading to Boston and the TD Garden.
It's as competitive a Finals as anyone could ask for. But, after three overtimes in Game 1 and another overtime finish in Game 2, future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr wanted to make sure people use proper safety precautions watching the series going forward.
“I bet it's great and exciting for the fans who are watching hockey games,” Jagr said. “If you have a bad heart, you might not watch the game because you might get a heart attack. For young people, it's pretty exciting to watch. Old people, don't watch it! You might die just watching.”
If watching comebacks are deemed hazardous to one's health, Jagr may have a point. Both teams that have scored first in the Cup Finals games have eventually lost that contest. The Bruins are an amazing 5-2 this postseason when allowing their opponents to score first.
This year’s Stanley Cup Finals marks the first time teams have split the first two games of the Finals since the 2004 best-of-seven series between the Flames and Lightning. But it also represents the second straight Stanley Cup Final postseason that each of the first two games in the Finals have been decided in overtime.
“You go in there and you don't have to tell the players that the next goal wins,” said Claude Julien. “They know that. You go out there and play to win.
People predicted prior to the series that it would most likely go seven games, and that there would be a bevy of one-goal games. So far that’s exactly what's happened, leaving fans sleep-deprived and hearts pounding.