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Rask needed his head on a swivel to keep track of the traffic, and even that wasn’t always enough.

At about 11 minutes into the first period, the Blackhawks blitzed Rask with a series of shots, two from Patrick Kane and one from Michal Handzus. Rask handled all of them, but the puck squirted out to the right side where Sharp was waiting.

With Rask still preoccupied with the scrum on the opposite side of the net, Sharp poked a goal past him, putting Chicago up 1-0.

“Every goal you let in you have a chance to save. I’m not going to blame myself for that,” Rask said. “I think there were three or four saves before that goal. I couldn’t find that puck until the last second. But you know, they had 19 shots and one goes by you. It happens sometimes.”

It happened again shortly after when Marian Hossa appeared to score. But officials waved off the goal, saying play had been stopped.

When the first period finally ended, the Blackhawks had a 19-4 shot advantage.

“Not much needed to be said after that first period,” Chris Kelly said. “I think Tuukka pointed out that was a pretty terrible period by our team. If it wasn’t for Tuukka, it would have been a lot worse. To a guy in there, I think we all knew we had to go out and play better.”

Boston’s defense tightened up, and Rask easily handled the few remaining chances the Blackhawks had. Chicago had only 15 shots in the last two periods and overtime.

“That first period was extremely hard for (Rask),” Julien said. “But, thankfully, our guys rewarded him with that effort by being a lot better in front of him for the rest of the game.”