Long after the celebration was over, Marian Hossa finally made it home and managed to fall asleep around 3 a.m. The Chicago star woke up a few hours later, roused by a noisy neighbor.

"I think my neighbor decided he was going to drill in the morning. That was really unpleasant," Hossa said Thursday. "You know, hopefully, he is going to get the message for next time, he won't drill. Feel a little tired today."

It's OK, Marian. Everyone was a little tired after a rousing start to the Stanley Cup finals.

Chicago and Boston played three overtimes Wednesday night in the fifth-longest game in the history of the NHL's marquee series. It finally came to an end -- at the stroke of midnight, no less -- when Andrew Shaw deflected Dave Bolland's shot into the goal to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 home victory.

It was a deflating outcome for the Bruins, who also lost important forward Nathan Horton to an injury during the first overtime, while the Blackhawks seemed relieved that they didn't have to sit on such a heartbreaking loss for two days before Game 2 on Saturday night.

"It's one of those games being down 3-1, you come back to tie it 3-3, you feel like something was left on the table if you didn't come back and win it," forward Patrick Kane said. "The game went a long time. It's definitely a good feeling winning in the third overtime when it does go that long."

Just don't expect to see much concern coming from the Boston camp. The Bruins dropped the first two games at Vancouver in the 2011 finals and went on to take the series in seven games.


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"I don't think much is going to rattle our team," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We're a pretty resilient group of guys. We live in the moment."

Horton left the ice with an apparent upper-body injury during the first overtime and is listed as day to day. Julien said the Bruins are "keeping our fingers crossed" that Horton will be available for Game 2 on Saturday in Chicago.

  • Chicago's 4-3 triple-overtime win over Boston attracted the most TV viewers for an opening game of the Stanley Cup finals in 16 years.

    NBC's broadcast averaged 6.358 million viewers, the most to watch a Game 1 of the NHL's title series since Detroit and Philadelphia drew 9,000 more on Fox in 1997.

    Penguins: Pittsburgh is keeping hockey's best one-two punch together through their primes and beyond.

    A day after signing coach Dan Bylsma to a two-year contract extension, the Penguins and star forward Evgeni Malkin agreed to an eight-year deal that will keep the 2012 NHL MVP and franchise cornerstone Sidney Crosby in the fold well into the next decade.

    The $76 million deal begins with the 2014-15 season and will carry an average salary cap hit of $9.5 million, a little bit less than the $10.6 million Crosby will average over the first nine years of the 12-year extension he signed last summer.

    It's a matter of semantics, really, for two of the game's biggest stars.

    "I think it's good," Malkin said. "I like to play with him. I think he is best player in the world."

    A title the 26-year-old Malkin has toyed with at times during his seven seasons in Pittsburgh.

    The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.