CHICAGO, IL - It's almost game time at the United Center as Blackhawks fans (and the minority of Bruins faithful) filter in for Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final (8:00 p.m. EDT, NBC Sports Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
The Bruins are looking to even the series at 1-1 heading back to Boston. They held a 3-1 lead in the third period of Game One, but saw the Hawks tie it up 3-3 and eventually win, 4-3, in triple overtime.
With two days off in between Games One and Two, there should be no carryover effect from the game that spanned over five hours and ended just past midnight in Chicago.
Saturday morning, the Bruins were loose and calm, yet focused, as they were able to put the tough loss in the past.
The Black & Gold all have their varying ways to help relax and recover prior to Game Two.
Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand and Adam McQuaid decided to unwind with a good, old-fashioned trip to the movies.
"It was nice. I went and saw a comedy movie," smiled Seguin. "I got back to smiling and it got my mind away from it, me and March and Quaider. I think it was those types of days where you really enjoy the rest and you get right back to business."
That business began yesterday with practice, but especially, Saturday morning with the pregame skate. The Bruins know what a difference an even series, versus a 2-0 hole, will make heading back to Boston.
"Of course, that’s the goal," said Seguin. "Even before Game One, I think that’s the plan when you are in even in the playoffs when you start on away ice. You want to sneak out with one so it is a nice night to do it and I am looking forward to it."
"I thought they played a good game. I think we could have played a better game. Obviously, the score could have went either way, especially when it got into overtime," said Seguin of the first match-up between the B's and Hawks.
"There was chances both sides and one lucky break it was going to be a hard game as well. But, that being said, we know we could be better so we are looking forward to showing it in Game Two."
Over in the Blackhawks' locker room, Seguin's former teammate on EHC Biel during the lockout, Patrick Kane, felt just as recovered as the Bruins.
"I think if it was only one day in between there would be some question to [being fresh], but two days there's really no excuse for that," said Kane. "I think even yesterday some of us were saying we can probably play tonight if need be. I think it's obviously tough playing that long, especially in a game like that, but it was huge win for us. Hopefully we can use that momentum from that game and take it into tonight."
Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien knows his team,and he knows they've moved on from Game One.
"It was a disappointing loss and, to me, that’s the biggest thing we keep coming up with. Our guys the next day were fine. They were fine yesterday. They were fine this morning. It’s a new game. It’s a series where you got to win four games and, again, I don’t think we came in here saying we are going to sweep these guys."
"We knew it was going to be a tough series. We just have to focus on tonight and stop wasting our time worrying about what could have happened last game."
The Bruins will certainly be making adjustments heading into Game Two - but not major ones.
"Little details in games make a big difference. A lot of it is more about little details," said Julien. "It's nothing major and it's things that are easily correctable. We just have to have better focus tonight on those little details and hopefully swing the pendulum our way."
The B's inherit the above trait - to be able to move on quickly from game to game - from their Coach. But they've also had enough experience over the past few years, both in the regular season and playoffs, to know how they have to approach every game as a new 60-minute effort.
"We've been through a lot," Coach Julien said, as he addressed media between Games One and Two. "Again, when you go back to the year we won, we were down 2-0 to Montréal losing our first two games at home. We bounced back from that. We were down 2-0 against Vancouver in the Final and we came back. I don't think much is going to rattle our team. We're a pretty resilient group of guys. We live in the moment."
"You can chalk that down to experience of having been through a lot, the ups and downs. So we don't get rattled anymore. We know what we can do."
"I think playoffs is you need to shake it off, win or lose," said Bruins' alternate captain Patrice Bergeron. "That's something we've always said, be in the moment and what's the task at hand. It's going to be no different in Game Two. Need to put the first game behind you and worry about only that Game Two. It's the most important thing in playoffs. I think we've done a good job of that in the first three rounds. It brought us here, so we've got to keep doing it."
Projected Boston Lineup
Jaromir Jagr was the only Bruin to stay off the ice this morning for the B's pregame skate. It wasn't alarming, though, because it's become a routine for the veteran. He practiced Friday with the team, and likely stayed off to rest.
"He is 100-percent," smirked Julien, before adding after a pause, "He’s 41."
With Nathan Horton ready to go and back in the lineup, the Bruins' lines should look the same as Game One.
Projected Chicago Lineup