The 20-year-old Finnish thief — Teuvo Teravainen — took matters into his own hands last night.
For nearly 54 minutes, the Tampa Bay Lightning outplayed the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bolts were buzzing early after a whimsical, no-look backhander off the stick of Harvard graduate, Alex Killorn, found the back of the net. But that 1-0 lead would be all the daylight they would see.
As the hockey gods would have it, the Blackhawks’ patience and big-game experience outlasted Tampa Bay’s youth and inexperience.
Where were the superstars last night? Toews? Kane? Saad? The secret behind Chicago’s success the last six years is that they have an array of talent that knows how to win regardless of who is, or is not, playing well. That proved to be true when the visiting Blackhawks silenced a raucous Amalie Arena after netting two late third-period goals by Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette to steal the game, 2-1.
Before last night, Tervainen had never stepped onto the ice in the Stanley Cup Finals. Since being scratched from Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, No. 86 has registered two goals and notched five points in five games. None bigger than last night.
Did I mention he’s only 20?
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