BOSTON, MA - On Sunday morning, the Bruins were back to work at TD Garden for practice with the knowledge that they would be now be facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Hawks took down the defending champ LA Kings in double overtime, with Patrick Kane capping off his hat trick.
Game One begins this Wednesday, June 12, in Chicago, with Game Two slated for Saturday. The series will then shift back to Boston for Games Three and Four on Monday, June 17, and Wednesday, June 19. All games are set for 8 p.m. ET.
Chicago may have been on the verge of clinching their second berth to the Final in the past four seasons, after reaching the pinnacle in 2010, but Captain Zdeno Chara was getting in his rest to prepare for the Final.
Following Sunday's practice, Big Zee was asked by a reporter if it was nice to see the Chicago-LA game end, and know that he'll be able to get started right away (instead of the week lay-off like both the B's and Pens had before the Conference Final).
"Yeah, I was just getting ready for today's practice so my focus is on what's going on over here, not what was going on with the other teams," the straight-faced Captain responded, as he methodically spoke to the media.
The focus was evident throughout practice as well, as the Bruins had several extended meetings near the glass, with Head Coach Claude Julien drawing up drills and plays - an X's and O's day. They battled, but not to the extent that they will probably do on Monday, as they ramp up further for Game One.
Sunday featured a lot of transition game and breakout work, with the B's focusing mostly on their own game - which, as evidenced by the last series against Pittsburgh, has been working fairly well lately.
The Bruins now have three days to prepare for Chicago, as opposed to the week before facing Pittsburgh.
So, does Dennis Seidenberg like the shorter break, because rust won't have the time to set in, or he won't have endless media questions?
"Both," laughed the defenseman. "It doesn't matter. We have to stay sharp either way. We're going to have a couple of good practices before we head over to [Chicago] and again, whether it's three, four, five days - again, it doesn't matter. We have to be ready on game day and that's what we're trying to do."
All Bruins were on the ice for practice, with the obvious subtraction of Gregory Campbell (broken leg). Jordan Caron skated with the team, joining the shamrock line of green jerseys now that Kaspars Daugavins is slotting in on the bottom six.Practice Lineup
White Jerseys: Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Gold: Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Grey: Kaspars Daugavins-Rich Peverley-Tyler Seguin
Merlot: Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Shawn Thornton
Green: Jay Pandolfo-Carl Soderberg-Jordan Caron
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Other 'D' on: Wade Redden, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Matt Bartkowski
Goalies on: Tuukka Rask, Anton Khudobin, Niklas Svedberg