Game 1 between Bruins, Blackhawks a bout for the ages

Bruins forward Daniel Paille checks Blackhawks defenceman Johnny Oduya during Game 1 of the Stanley...

Bruins forward Daniel Paille checks Blackhawks defenceman Johnny Oduya during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final at the United Center in Chicago, June 12, 2013. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:26 AM ET

CHICAGO - When you sit ringside, up close, for the best nights of championship boxing, the historical fights, there is no way to identify the winner without a knockout punch or in the end the ring announcer reads out the scorecard.

There was no need for a ring announcer Wednesday night at the United Center, with the kind of feeling common to those who have experienced the gut-wrenching drama when sport is at its best.

It was that way in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.

Round 1 to Muhammad Ali.

Round 2 to Joe Frazier.

And so it went for 15 rounds, but there was no fight, just a Stanley Cup hockey game between sluggers and dancers, Game 1 between the fast and the faster. Five minutes it went the Boston Bruins’ way, the next five to the Chicago Blackhawks. Back and forth. A lead, momentum, momenarily until the sudden ending.


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