CHICAGO -- The word "respect" was used liberally at Johnny's IceHouse West on Saturday after back-to-back practices for the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.
There were times it felt like Aretha Franklin might walk through the door wagging her finger and singing the famed song of the same name. That song, though, wouldn't have really fit the mood of the Blackhawks and Bruins, who will face each other Sunday at United Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) for the first time since Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
The song "Respect" is about not getting enough of it. These former Stanley Cup Final foes have plenty of it for each other after engaging in a hard-fought, entertaining series last June.
"I think there's always going to be intensity the first time teams play each other [after a Cup Final], but intensity ... it depends what you mean by that," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "If you're talking about a lot of cheap shots and all that, I don't think that's the case here."