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Players controlling ‘fatigue factor’ in Stanley Cup Final

Jun 17, 2013, 1:05 AM EDT

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They must be getting tired.

Then again, maybe not. Since the end of the lockout in January, members of the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins have been playing to a playoff-type schedule to make up for lost time caused by the work stoppage.

If fatigue is becoming an issue, one might think it would surface completely in the Stanley Cup Final, especially considering the first two games in this series have gone to overtime. Factor in travel, as well.

“Yeah, I’m sure you get used to it. It’s not going to get any easier the longer you go,” said Bruins’ goalie Tuukka Rask.

“But we’re definitely used to playing every other night. It’s something you learn to control the fatigue factor and save your energy a bit. I don’t think it’s going to be an issue.”

But at least players get the benefit of sitting on the bench for a short time in between shifts.

The goalies throughout the vast majority of the game. No chair.

“It’s definitely different, but you’re standing there, you’re standing for five hours,” said Rask, who made 33 saves in the Bruins’ Game 2 win over the Blackhawks to even the best-of-seven series 1-1.

“You’re obviously not making saves all the time, but you’re still standing and being focused. It’s a lot of mental stress and your legs get tired at some point, too, when you’re standing up for hours.”


  1. gizzmonic - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:56 AM

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

  2. tripps3 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Class act

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    As I commented in a previous article, no one is more fatigued than big Z. He’s played more minutes than anyone else, and that fatigue was apparent during game 2. So much of the B’s d success resolves around him, and with Horton hurting now I believe they will be struggling to be as efficient as they have been during the playoffs.

    • nunan - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      They’ve been fine all year, all playoffs, etc. There is only a week left in the season…nothing is going to all-of-a-sudden change. I expect nothing less of the same consistent effort from them. If anything, I could see the Hawks start to see the effects of the Bs physical play..

  4. crusty14 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Chara struggled so much Chicago scored all of 1 goal!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      crusty14, you didn’t notice Chara wasn’t moving as fluently has he has been in previous games? Did you notice he was a little slower making the first pass in the d zone? If not, then you can look at all the stats you want and you won’t see what I’m talking about. Did you at least notice that Julien wasn’t putting Chara on the ice for O zone face offs? Clearly coach J is trying to spare him.

  5. crusty14 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Don’t lump all of us bruin fans in with an idiot like gizzmonic! Here’s to another great game between 2 evenly matched teams. Let’s all hope for a bruin win tonight!’

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Tuukka brought up an interesting point. The goalies should sit on the bench during TV time outs, and rest on one knee when the puck is at the other end of the ice, and during a line change. Line changes take on average 20 seconds, so that would allow them to take some weight off their feet.

  6. btlpper68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Was this article made by Pierre McGuire because he can’t seem to shut up abt fatigue

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Did it ever occured to you that McGuire or anybody else for that matter may be correct about fatigue becoming a factor?

      • ballistictrajectory - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Fatigue fatigue… There’s a concept! Both teams are suffering from the endless dirge about fatigue.

        [Pierre]: Are you tired?
        [Pierre’s Victim]: ZZZZzzzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzz, uh They’re a great team and we have to bring it tonight…

    • spitfisher - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      I saw Pierre McGuire yawning… don’t suppose he is………….

  7. crusty14 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Valoisblom, there is nothing wrong with trying to get Chara some extra rest, but he still played 30 mins. Your earlier post made it sound like he was pylonesque, and that certainly was not the case. Like someone else posted, everybody’s tired , it’s the freaking SCF!!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      And no one is more tired than Chara. And the B’s depend on him for PP, PK and against the top line, and I didn’t notice anyone else slowing down but him. It just an observation.

  8. spitfisher - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    valoisjoeybfeld69, I believe you are the only one stating fact that Chara is tired, do you really know that or is it speculation. Chara plays a ton of minutes in the regular season, he is not the most graceful skater, certainly not fast even when rested.

    the guys is a beast, spends a lot of time taken care of himself, arguably maybe in the best shape of the bruins, certainly the strongest. I’m sure he’s recovered nicely form game 1 and 2 by now.

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