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Quenneville admits ‘Hawks ‘stood around’ after strong start

Jun 16, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks enjoyed a dominant first period in Game 2, but a 1-0 lead proved insufficient. The Boston Bruins fought their way to a 2-1 OT win on Saturday, prompting Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville to lament how Chicago faded down the stretch.

“Like the second period, we lost the pace of the game in that end of the rink,” Quenneville said. “We had the perfect start to the game and then we stopped doing what made us successful. We stood around and they countered.”

That was especially true when Boston dominated OT, out-shooting Chicago 8-6 while carrying the majority of the play.

It seems as if the Blackhawks stopped playing “their game,” giving way to a grinding affair.

“I thought we slowed ourselves down; I don’t think we got the puck behind them,” Quenneville said. “I think we were in front of them too much and it played into their hands.”

” … Maybe we left something out there [in the first period].”

Of course, it could also have a lot to do with not having much left after playing nearly two full games of hockey in a triple-OT Game 1.

Patrick Sharp didn’t want to give credence to the fatigue excuse, however, as the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus reports.

“I don’t think fatigue was an issue on either side,” Sharp said.

  1. titansbro - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Could’ve had something to do with the Bruins deciding to finally show up in the 2nd period. Just saying.

  2. pastabelly - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    I’d like to think the hitting of the Bruins, especially Lucic, had something to do with that. There are two teams playing the game and it wasn’t just Chicago who was responsible for their slower pace.

  3. slysipops - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    and being head coach you must had stood around also? or did you just have your head up your butt? speaking about standing around..did you notice KANE standing in front of CRAWFORD staring at him instead of watching the BRUIN forward ( who scored the 1st goal ) and DEFENDING ?? this guy when he is not scoring ( as he is not again ) is useless! he is completely at a loss defensively . his little dippsy doodle skating attempt to get the puck into the offensive zone has been discovered and stopped…it is time for him to revamp his style ! also time for all the STARS to earn their paygrades! wher did the team go that made all the records ? and it aint that the BRUINS are that good…they just aren’t !

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Whoa easy Killer down boy woof. The Bruins are that Good. Hawks are extremely lucky to not be down 0 to 2 after the first game. especially when the dogs got hooked on a empty net and nothing was called…amongst about 10 other things

      • slysipops - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        get serious about the penalty bull ! did you notice THORTON jump ( and leave his feet) to make a hit …uncalled or CHARA cross check SHAW to the face …uncalled yeah horse $hit penalty calling, but it’s going both ways slick ! how about the goal that wasn’t tonight?? plus when a retiree is called up to be one of your top forwards ( even though he pumps out a lot of lung juice after a trip and a half up the ice) it don’t say too much about the rest !

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        a “retiree”? I assume you mean the legend and future HOF Jagr? Don’t act like he hasn’t made a difference in the playoffs. Ala Mark Recchi! That “goal” that was called off wasn’t a goal, it went in way after the whistle, and if you really want to cry about it, then the first goal was iffy too, because HANDZUS was laying on Rask! RAsk had just made 5 saves in a row, and couldn’t even stand up for the Sharp shot. GEt over it.

      • slysipops - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        oh yeah …even nbcs cameras caught TOWES being cross checked behind the head into the neck behind the Bnet twice on the same play…..uncalled maybe the ref ( who should have been close by ) was thinking about what kind of pizza he was going to order post game ,and missed it ??

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        Everyone gets crossed checked and hit, slashed, it’s the CUP! Did that play cause him NOT to score like the hook on dog man did? NO!

      • madhouseonmadison - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        How are the Hawks lucky to not be down 0-2? Without Tukka Rask the Hawks are up 2-0 in this series and you’re talking about a must win Game 3.
        As I said in another thread – the more talented team USUALLY finds a way to win series. That’s something that isn’t debateable.

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Yes and the bruins are more talented. I love the quote “without Tuukkaa”, on you mean OUR GOALIE? I’m pretty sure he’s part of the team, if not the most important position on a team, no team wins the cup without SOMEONE playing goalie, and usually that someone plays great. Do you want us to pull our goalie next game? Maybe Chara should play net?. You act like Crawford hasn’t played great too.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Why are you capitalizing certain words?

  4. bostonfan4eva - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    When are the Black Hawks going to realize the Bruins are not pushovers? Why is everyone so hell bent on giving the cup to the Hawks based on their regular season. I got news for you Hawks fans. This series will be won by the Bruins because they want it more, play harder and have the better goalie. Bruins in 6 and then let’s hear all the stupid excuses. The Bruins slowed the Hawks down last night by pushing them around hustling to the puck and playing good team defense.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Seriously, this inferiority complex has to stop.

      A great majority of the experts have picked the bruins. Take a breath and look around.

  5. arbruins - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Bad hits and missed calls are going to go for both sides, it’s the damn finals…stop whinnying and watch the game.

    Great series, O’Brien is a tool!

  6. kcprof926 - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    To say one team wants the Stanley Cup more than another is a joke. Three overtime games in a row for the Hawks showed in the second half of the game. Game 3 they will again exploit the slow Bruin defense and Crawford has been every bit as good as Rask.

    • spitfisher - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      wrong Crawford has been very good, but lets face it the goals he has missed has been shooting and eventually beating him goals….not deflections. You can blame it on defensive breaks downs of the hawks, but a couple of those he should have stopped.

      • koredan - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        You know that the winning goal was a deflection off the post, right?

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Or you can be like Rask, and blame goals on everyone but yourself.

  7. pastabelly - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Either team could be up 2-0 or down 2-0. Fanboys should stop whining about missed calls. That’s for losers.

  8. spitfisher - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Game 1 OT, double deflection goes in as a game winner, how many times does that occur as a goal? Game 1 tying goal, a soft wrister shot wide of the goal goes in off of a bruins defensemen’s skate. I realize a goal is a goal, but if this is the hawks offense……..nothing to be proud of.

    Last night with the exception of the first period, they were out played in 2 and 3, as the game went on the bruins were getting better and better, had more chances. the hawks looked much slower than the 1st period, perhaps due to Looch’s10 hits. . Rask kept them at bay, but even Rask will tell you its an entire team effort

    The hawks are lucky not to be down by 2- or the bruins are fortunate not to be up by 2

    take your pick

  9. arbruins - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Post? Who’s cares about the post…the puck was in the net without controversy.

  10. mikemj - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    I’m a Blackhawks fan but any objective viewer would have to admit that Chicago got away with a few more than Boston did last game. There were some no calls to both sides but the Seabrook slash and Crawford holding the stick are just a couple that come to mind off the top of my head.
    As for goaltending, Rask has been spectacular while Crawford has been good for the most part but certainly not great and that’s why the series is tied right now.
    A big problem for me is that one of the advantages the Hawks supposedly have is their depth. Well, that depth gets a lot less deep when Bollig is active. Nothing against him personally but he brings very little skill to the table; why not Carcillo if Stalberg is in the doghouse?

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