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Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Quenneville, Julien share Windsor connection

Friday, 06.14.2013 / 9:20 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

Claude Julien laced up his skates as a player for the last time April 26, 1992, when he and the Moncton Hawks lost 6-5 to the St John's Maple Leafs in Game 2 of their American Hockey League playoff series. The Maple Leafs, led by veteran defenseman Joel Quenneville, went on to sweep the series on the way to the Calder Cup Final.

Julien and Quenneville both retired that summer, but they've opposed each other numerous times since then. They're now on opposing benches as each tries to lead his team to a second Stanley Cup. Quenneville's Chicago Blackhawks have a 1-0 series lead on Julien's Boston Bruins entering Game 2 of the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

But the two men haven't always been rivals. They share a connection made more than three decades ago with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

Quenneville, a 16-year-old Windsor native, was a local hero on an expansion team in what was then known as the Ontario Hockey Association. As he helped turn his hometown team into a competitive club, Quenneville honed the on-ice skills that helped him earn a 12-season career in the NHL.

Bruins not panicking after 3-OT loss in Game 1

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 6:48 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- With some help from Jaromir Jagr, Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly instantly recalled Keith Primeau's classic fifth-overtime winner in 2000 when he was asked on Thursday to remember watching a game that resembled the one Kelly played in Wednesday night at United Center.

"Jags actually played in it and he referred to it because he scored," Kelly said. "Jags said he played over 60 minutes that game. I remember watching that and seeing that goal, it was like a first-period goal, the shot that he took. It didn't seem like he was tired."

But Kelly seemed stunned to learn about what happened after Primeau's goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 victory in Game 4 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins: After two days off, the Flyers beat the Penguins 6-3 in Game 5, then won 2-1 in Game 6 to capture the series after losing the first two games.

The Bruins now have to avoid falling into a trap similar to the one that snared the Penguins -- one that more often than not has affected teams that lose a marathon overtime game, as Boston did Wednesday when Andrew Shaw scored 12:08 into the third OT to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is Saturday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Chicago's Hossa happy with city, Blackhawks

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 6:11 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- At one point in Marian Hossa's career, he had played for five NHL organizations in six seasons.

He finally found Stanley Cup Playoffs salvation with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, and the Windy City has become his North American home. Though he has settled in with this city and this organization, Hossa is probably going to need to have a chat with one of his neighbors.

Marian Hossa
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 15
SOG: 58 | +/-: 8

Hossa played 34:18 Wednesday night in Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, a 4-3 triple-overtime victory against the Boston Bruins, and arrived at his home early Thursday morning only to receive an earlier-than-expected wakeup call.

"To tell you the truth, [I] fell asleep around 3 [a.m.]. Woke up early -- I think my neighbor decided he [was] going to drill in the morning," Hossa said Thursday at United Center. "That was unpleasant. You know, hopefully [he] is going to get his message for next time, he won't drill. [I] feel a little tired today. We are lucky, like [Brent Seabrook] said, we got [an] extra day, you know, to recharge the batteries and get back on Game 2."

For a player whose career was once defined by his critics for playoff disappointments, Hossa has crafted his own individual dynasty. This is the fourth time in six seasons the native of Slovakia has played in the Stanley Cup Final.

Bolland rediscovers role for Blackhawks in Game 1

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 5:48 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland is starting to feel more like himself after coming back from a groin injury a couple of weeks ago.

Dave Bolland
Center - CHI
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 3
SOG: 18 | +/-: -1

That means the Boston Bruins witnessed the return of "The Rat" -- the well-earned nickname he's carried through countless battles in the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- Wednesday night at United Center in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Blackhawks outlasted the Bruins 4-3 in a triple-overtime classic in which Bolland played his best overall game of the postseason. He scored his first goal of the playoffs eight minutes into the third period to cut Boston's lead to 3-2, a key play that came 1:51 after Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a seemingly comfortable two-goal lead on a power play.

More than 60 minutes of game time and nearly three periods of extra hockey later, Bolland tipped a shot by Michal Rozsival that deflected off Andrew Shaw's leg into the net for the game-winner. Just like that, "the Rat" was back.

"Coming back from that injury, you miss two to three weeks and you get left behind a little bit," Bolland said afterward. "I think for myself, my confidence just wasn't where it would be [normally]. Now, it's back to that old hockey I'd been playing."

Blackhawks' Crawford tired but happy after 3-OT win

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 3:33 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- After it was finally over on a deflected goal 12:08 into the third overtime at United Center Wednesday night, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford let out a big sigh of relief at the other end of the ice.

He'd kept his concentration raised to its highest level for 112:08, including 52:08 of overtime hockey. He'd made 51 saves, including 29 during sudden-death play that seemed to last an eternity and made it feel like two separate games.

Crawford was one tired goalie, but he could finally let his guard down after the Blackhawks won an epic 4-3 come-from-behind victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

"It's, uh ... it's a little exhausting," Crawford said afterward, sitting at his locker stall too tired to even snack on an energy bar offered by one of the Blackhawks' athletic trainers. "It was tiring. I'm not going to lie. I just tried to tell myself to make the next save and we're going to score on our next shot. That's pretty much what I was telling myself the whole OT."

Bruins goalie Rask: It wasn't our night

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 3:23 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask somehow had the energy and wherewithal to find his way back to the dressing room after completing the longest game of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Despite suffering a tough 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at United Center, Rask appeared remarkably fresh standing in front of his stall.

He entered the game having won four of the previous five overtime games in which Boston played this postseason, but none of those measured up to this thriller in which he made a career-high 59 saves in the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Final history.

He was asked if losing in triple overtime is worse than a regulation loss.

"Yeah, I'm sure like right after, it [stinks] because you're tired and you almost played two games," he said. "But at the end of the day, it's a loss, and that's the only thing that matters."

Shaw's physicality an antidote to Bruins' game plan

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 2:59 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has proven time and again during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs that he isn't afraid to tinker with his forward lines until he finds something he likes.

The Blackhawks were trailing the Boston Bruins by two goals in the third period of Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final when Quenneville sent Andrew Shaw, Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell over the boards together as a trio for the first time. Seconds later the Blackhawks had scored, and those three guys spent much of the rest of a three-overtime classic as an effective line in a 4-3 victory. Bolland scored to ignite the comeback; Shaw ended it at 12:08 of the third overtime.

Andrew Shaw
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 9
SOG: 29 | +/-: 2
"[Jonathan] Toews and those type of guys, they're playing against [opponents'] top D," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. "There's not a lot of space. The checking guys, Shaw and Bickell, those guys have been great for us all year and all playoffs."

Quenneville inserted Brandon Bollig into the lineup in place of Viktor Stalberg, and that was interpreted as a move to add toughness and physical play for the Blackhawks. Shaw, Bolland and Bickell are also players who don't shy away from physical confrontations, and they proved in Game 1 to be the answer to the Bruins' abrasive style of play.

Key facts and figures from Game 1

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 1:53 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

John Kreiser - Columnist

It took 112 minutes and 8 seconds, but the Chicago Blackhawks are one step closer to the Stanley Cup.

The Blackhawks rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits on Wednesday night before beating the Boston Bruins 4-3 in triple overtime to capture Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Chicago got third-period goals by Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya, and no one scored again until Andrew Shaw's deflection went past Tuukka Rask 12:08 into the third extra period.

It was the fifth-longest in the history of the Stanley Cup Final. Here are some of the key numbers from a game for the ages.

1 -- Career playoff goals for Chicago rookie Brandon Saad, who didn't score through three rounds this spring but fired home a shot 3:08 into the second for his first postseason goal.

2 -- Penalties for having too many men on the ice called against Chicago in overtime. Chicago took only one other penalty in the game.

3 -- Goals this spring by Chicago defenseman Johnny Oduya, who tied the game with 7:46 left in regulation. Oduya managed three goals during the regular season.

Bruins' Horton leaves with injury, does not return

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 1:30 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

CHICAGO -- The Boston Bruins took a significant hit in the first overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks when top forward Nathan Horton appeared to suffer an upper-body injury.

He did not return to the game, won 4-3 by Chicago on a goal by Andrew Shaw 12:08 into the third overtime.

Bruins coach Claude Julien did not provide an update on Horton during his postgame remarks.

Bettman addresses Coyotes ownership, Olympics

Wednesday, 06.12.2013 / 8:41 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- The state of the Phoenix Coyotes and potential participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics were the main topics of discussion Wednesday during NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's annual State of the League press conference prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center.

Commissioner Bettman said time is running short for a new owner to be in place in Phoenix.

"Obviously we're getting to the point where some decisions are going to have to be made both by the City of Glendale and by us," Commissioner Bettman said. "I haven't set a deadline, but time is getting shorter."

Bettman wouldn't speculate on what would happen to the franchise if a new owner isn't in place within the appropriate timeframe, but Commissioner Bettman and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the decision ultimately rests with the City of Glendale.

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