Kaspars Daugavins was so close. The Bruins forward was so close to scoring the game-winning goal that would have ended a long night of hockey and would have given the B’s a 1-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

All he had to do was one-time the puck home and the Bruins would walk off with the 4-3 win. Instead, he opted to try and skate through the crease and backhand the potential game-winner. The play was broken up and play continued.

There was no way the Bruins were going to win that game from that point on. Sure enough, just a couple of minutes later, Andrew Shaw deflected a shot by Tuukka Rask to give the Blackhawks the win.

The Game 1 loss was far from solely Daugavins’ fault. His inability to bury that chance was just one of many missed opportunities in what almost amounted to an entirely additional game over the course of almost three overtimes.

The Bruins got two power-play chances in the overtime periods, and they couldn’t convert on either of them. They came close, though. Boy, did they come close. Zdeno Chara almost scored in the final seconds of the second overtime when his shot from the point was deflected by Jaromir Jagr and then hit a post.

In the first overtime, it was Shawn Thornton who waited a hair too long to try and shoot on a 2-on-1 with Daniel Paille. Minutes later, Tyler Seguin created a chance for Rich Peverley, which he couldn’t convert, and the rebound chance sitting in the crease was cleared before Daugavins could pounce.

In the second overtime, Seguin had another chance, but he couldn’t quite settle the puck on a breakaway. Daniel Paille was turned away by a Corey Crawford kick save late in the period, and a rebound attempt from Torey Krug was stopped by Crawford as well.