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Will ‘Hawks rue the one that got away?

Jun 16, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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If the Chicago Blackhawks would like any advice on how to move on from a bad loss, they need only look to the team that gave them a particularly bad one Saturday at the United Center.

On Thursday, the day after Chicago’s thrilling triple-overtime victory over the Bruins to open the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, Boston head coach Claude Julien spoke about his group’s knack for fighting back from postseason deficits.

“We’ve been through a lot,” said Julien. “When you go back to the year we won, we were down 2-0 to Montreal losing our first two games at home. We bounced back from that. We’re 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.”

In fact, after 20 minutes of Game 2, it appeared Julien would have to sing that same tune again. Instead, the Bruins turned things around mid-game, shaking off a first period that saw them outshot, 19-4, and outscored, 1-0, by the Blackhawks.

Chris Kelly potted his first of the postseason in the second; Dan Paille sniped home the winner in overtime. The Bruins ended up outshooting the ‘Hawks, 24-15, in the second, third, and overtime periods combined.

“If someone watched the first period, they would say ‘Give (Chicago) the Cup right now,”‘ said Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr, who was lambasted after the opening stanza by NBC analyst Mike Milbury.

“We definitely were in survival mode there for a bit,” said goalie Tuukka Rask, who continued his run of playoff brilliance tonight.

“It looked like they had more guys out there than we did. They were bouncing on every single puck in front of net, had a lot of chances. We definitely played pretty bad.

“But it was good that we were only down by one and regrouped after that.”

Julien concurred: “We were on our heels. They had total control of that period. Tuukka kept us in there.”

For the Blackhawks, this is the kind of loss that can come back to haunt a team. Granted, this series is far from over. But Monday and Wednesday the action shifts to TD Garden, a rink where the Bruins have won six straight, a streak that just happened to start with an astonishing comeback versus the Maple Leafs.

Perhaps the Blackhawks can take solace in the fact they had the Bruins on the run in Game 2, if only for a period.

“We had the perfect start to the game, then we stopped doing what made us successful,” said head coach Joel Quenneville. “We stood around. They countered.”

And it’s not like the ‘Hawks haven’t overcome adversity themselves. In the second round, they fought back from a 3-1 series deficit versus the Red Wings.

For now though, the momentum belongs to the B’s.

  1. bakedbees - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Great win after a bad loss and horrible start to this game

  2. patriotslove12 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    The series is obviously very even so far, as both games in CHICAGO have resulted in multiple overtimes and games where each team clearly had control on the on-ice action. For example, the bruins led 3-1 in game 1. And but for an uncharacteristic turnover by Torrey krug (who has been spectacular and mistake free throughout the playoffs), passing the puck without looking up into the middle of the ice), and a bounce off the skate of a. Ference when j. Oduya Shot it from the point to force OT. In game 2, the Blackhawks dominated the early action. The difference, however, is that the bruins have now stolen home field advantage and PROVEN they can clearly win in CHICAGO, if necessary. The Bruins will win this series in seven games, as the Blackhawks are a very explosive team, and capable of winning on the road as well, because the Bruins will continue to be physical, and not take bad penalties, and, if necessary continue to dominate on penalty kill.

    • razzlejag - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:36 AM

      Great series and two great cities/fan bases. No hooligans or looting, only parades and parties.

  3. itsallniceonice - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    They probably will. Bruins have shown that they are the better team, they just need to not stand around and pick their noses for the first 30 minutes.

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      Oh Christ. Please. The Bruins “haven’t shown they are the better team”. If not for Tukka Rask the Bruins are down 2-0 and you Bruin fans are talking about a must win in Game 3. You, I and anyone who has watched this series knows that. The better talent usually finds a way to win series. THAT we can say the Hawks have.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:58 AM

        You could say the same thing for Crawford and the Hawks though.

      • 8man - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        I think both the Hawks and Bruins could easily have 2-0 leads. And they both think that. And that probably means that this series is where it should be. Each team has their strengths, but neither is clearly “better” overall.

        This series will likely be decided by grit, heart and sheer will to endure what is necessary to raise the Cup. In other words, what makes a deserving Stanley Cup Champion. One thing is for sure, it is definitely one of these teams and that’s why they are the final two.

        Much respect Chicago.

        Go Bs!

      • knowfishbluefish - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM


      • patriotslove12 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Tell that to the penguins fans

      • nunan - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        You are pretty much wrong with everything you said. well done..

  4. 19to77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    The ‘Hawks capitalized on some bad mistakes by the Bruins in the first game, as was said – a bad turnover by Krug, poor positional play by Ference to deflect a goal in, etc. And it STILL took SIX PERIODS (during which the Bruins were a heartbeat away from ending the game just as often as the ‘Hawks – they rang the posts, what, three times?) to earn Chicago one win at time. They came out strong in the first period of this game, and after that it was almost all Boston. If Chicago has to give that much just to leave their own arena with a 1-1 tie… as talented as they are, they can’t overcome the Bruins.

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      And if not for a horrible turnover for Bolig who knows what happens in Game 2 You cherry pick the few instances that the Bruins have had mental gaffes to prove your supposed point that without those the Hawks are “lucky” to be tied yet don’t talk about the mental gaffes by the Hawks. Mind you.. the horrible call that cost the Hawks a 2-0 lead in this game. Gloss over that one and talk about all the Bruins “bad” plays.

      I LOATHE people who talk about “ringing the posts” or “hitting the posts” and equating that to being lucky they weren’t scored on. You know what that means? It means the team shooting wasn’t good enough to get the puck in the net or the goalie was well positioned for the puck to actually not go in. That’s what that means.

      • 19to77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:42 AM

        Sing the same song post-game 4, madhouse. I’m calling a 3-1 lead right now. The ‘Hawks have played well – I respect the hell out of them – but the Bruins have shown through the first two games that they’re the better team. The hockey gods may prove me wrong, but I’ll take my chances. I don’t care who you loathe or don’t. The scores will tell the story.

  5. sprtsfan1 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Oh listen to all of you touting about you’re B’s after one win. This series is far from over and your goalie is the reason the series is even. I’ll be the first to admit that the Hawks were outplayed after the first period but the to say the Bruins are the better team is a longshot. Both games could have gone either way. Can’t wait until you rue that day saying that the B’s are the better team.

    • stakex - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      As a neutral observer, Boston was the better team for the majority of this game. You even admit that yourself by saying “the Hawks were outplayed after the first period”. Including the overtime there were almost four periods… so you fully admit Boston outplayed the Hawks for 75% of the game. I think its fair to say that if you outplay a team for 75% of a game, and win it, you were the better team.

      Perhaps the Hawks will be the better team in the next game, but they certainly weren’t tonight. Better teams don’t play one period and call it a night.

  6. stakex - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    I don’t know if I would say this game “got away” from the Hawks. Saying that a game got away from a team implies that team was the dominant the entire game and really should have won. Game 1 got away from Boston. They blew a two goal lead twice, and then lost a triple overtime in which they were the better team almost the entire overtime. That’s a game getting away from you.

    The Hawks never looked like the team going to win this game after the first period. Boston controlled play for the second period, and got better as the game went on. In overtime the Hawks never really pressured, and were lucky the game didn’t end sooner.

    Got away from them? Nope… they never came close to having it in the first place.

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:32 AM

      – The Bruins were not the better team in the overtime period in the first game. Seriously. Please. Again, stop with the candied walnut thoughts.

      – Game 1 didn’t get away from the Bruins. The Hawks came roaring back and won a very hotly contested game. It wasn’t a fluke, it wasn’t something that shouldn’t have happened.

      – Again, without Tukka Rask that game ends after the third period with a 2-1, 3-1 Hawk win and the B’s are talking about a must win going into Game 3.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:59 AM

        You keep mentioning “without Tuukka Rask…”, but that’s a totally moot point. They do have Rask. He’s a part of the team and he’s been performing like this throughout the playoffs. Without Jonathon Quick the Kings don’t sniff the Cup last year… but you can’t just pretend as if goalie play isn’t a part of the overall team play. You said above that you “loathe” ppl who bring up hitting the post and equating it to being lucky they weren’t scored on… well what’s different about talking about Goalie play keeping the puck out?? Pretty hypocritical right there. Look it’s useless to argue hypothetical’s with ppl about what the outcomes of games 1 and 2 could’ve been; and which team could’ve ended it when.

        Chicago and Boston are in the finals for a reason, they’re the best of the best. And it’s clear that they’re evenly matched. The Hawks could be up 2-0, but so could the Bruins. It’s that close. Each team has different strengths but, as a neutral observer, it’s hard to tell which team is better. Or who has the upper hand. And that’s why it’s 1-1. No need to continually argue hypothetical’s.

      • jrhawk - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        But of course you get 11 thumbs down.
        Some just refuse to see the light.

      • habssuck - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        You do know the there were 3 OT periods, right? Did you see the whole game?

  7. hockeyflow33 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Not sure how anyone can claim one team was dominant over the other one. Both teams have had goalies steal games, hit posts, had bad bounces, etc. I don’t ever remember seeing a series this close, ever.

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:08 AM

      I think it’s been an INCREDIBLY close series. My point is simple: Some of these B fans who are thumping their chest exclaiming that they’ve clearly been the better team are fooling themselves.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:11 AM

        It’s just people being idiots. 99% of people on here are blinded by fandom. I’m a B’s fan and have no idea how you say it’s been anything but even. A different bounce and either team could be up 2-0.

      • lordstanley65 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        And just what do you expect Bs fans to do? Not beat their chests and proclaim their team the best? This is the SCF! You are being foolish expecting anything else. This is becoming a theme for you.

  8. habswoman - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    “If it wasn’t for Rask… waaaaaaaaaaaahhhh” Is Rask not apart if the Bruins team? A lot of you turds sound like you don’t watch hockey much.

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:18 AM

      – I’ve had season tickets for MANY years. I watch a lot of hockey.

      – If not for Tukka Rask the B’s are down 2-0 in this series. Fact.

      – This series has been incredibly even. I’m happy that Game 7 is in Chicago.

      • gallyhatch - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        If not for a bad turnover by Krug, or a puck glancing off Ference’s skate, then the ‘Hawks are down 2-0.


        (just pointing out that your argument works both ways . . . . . at the end of the day I agree with your other comments, this series is about as even as it gets)

      • lordstanley65 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        But we DO have Rask…fact. Toews is doing nothing for you…fact Neither is Hossa…fact. The guys you would least expect are stepping up for your team. How does that fit for you?

      • madhouseonmadison - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Toews & Hossa, both, have struggled all post season getting on the scoresheet. Yet.. the Hawks are still in the SCF. Saying that – Toews and Hossa have been paying unbelievable hockey this entire post season. Not being on the scoresheet doesn’t equate to them playing “bad”.

      • habssuck - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        You are right, if we did not play our starting goaltender the outcome may have been different.

        Luckily it is customary, as hockey history has proven, putting your best goalie in the game is a solid strategy!

  9. buffalo65 - Jun 16, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    “If not for your goalie”, isn’t he part of the team that makes it better??

  10. buffalomafia - Jun 16, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    They should have games on NBC not on NBC sports network!

    Im working in Mississippi for 8 weeks & no hockey games!

  11. LampyB - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    B’s aren’t my team but yes, Boston has outplayed the Hawks so far. For all the Hawks fans saying it’s because of Rask, I think Crawford has actually been the better goalie. B’s have had more blown chances, and puck possession has clearly been dominated by black and yellow.

  12. titansbro - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Did I miss something? Since when is Rask not part of the team? He’s a huge reason for the Bruins success, maybe the biggest. But he IS part of the team. Stop with all this if not for Rask crap, it sounds stupid.

  13. jacketsfan7 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Not if they win it all

  14. giantssb42champs - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Bruins will take it and Boston is the worlds greatest city ever.

  15. stoopidfool - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    They didn’t let it get away…..they blew their load early……then it was taken away

    The recipe is clear……pound em till they can’t breathe

  16. lordstanley65 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Reminds me of Ali with the Rope A Dope…make em punch themselves out in the early rounds, then pound em to the mat later.

  17. joeyg88 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Bring stalberg back coach Q!!!

  18. irokkit - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    This is a stupid article! The question that Chicago let one getaway answer no!
    Two nights ago the Bruins were up three to nothing and lost….I think the Bruins let one get away!!!!
    The B’s Should be up two games to zero

  19. irokkit - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    @ nunan
    If you’re talking to me…which is okay. Differences are good.
    I would recommend a TiVo machine for you. That way you could go back and watch the game.
    Game 1: Bruins lead…Chicago win!!! (Puck ricocheted off Ferrance’s foot while Ferrance was watching the Chicago offense instead of reading the play. (Which came from the point) the point is typically known as the area inside the zone nearer to the Blue line. The Blue line is a horizontal plane across a portion of the ice surface designating either an offensive zone or a defensive zone dictated by the period in which a teams goalie is in said zone.
    Game 2: Chicago lead…Bruins win!!!!
    Love ya.

  20. gizzmonic - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Chicago will suffer a key injury to one of its top 6 players tonite. Tv timeout, streacher, and slow-mo replays, Cant wait.

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