CHICAGO -- They weren't in the mood to use excuses afterward, even though one seemed obvious for the Chicago Blackhawks to take following Saturday night's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
After dominating the first period and continuing to play well in the first 10 minutes of the second, it all went away from them in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins at United Center that evened this best-of-7 series at one game apiece.
It looked like their legs were spent after the previous two games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs each went multiple overtimes, but the Blackhawks refused to accept that crutch.
"No excuse there at all," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "You've got to keep your shifts short. We're rolling four lines. That shouldn't be a problem. We just kind of let them play their game and we didn't make them earn it. That's a little disappointing considering that."
Whatever the problem was, it started about midway through the second with the Blackhawks still leading 1-0 and trying to push for the all-important next goal. After out-shooting the Bruins 19-4 in the opening 20 minutes, Chicago just seemed to progressively run out of gas.