The Chicago Blackhawks won a marathon of a game in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but they weren’t so lucky when the game went to overtime in Game 2. The Boston Bruins evened the series at 1-1 but if you ask Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews if the Bruins earned the win, he’ll tell you they did not.
“We just kind of let them play their way and we didn’t make them earn it,” Toews said after the overtime loss to Boston on Saturday night. “That’s a little disappointing.”
Toews is likely referring to the Blackhawks poor showing in overtime, and it’s an ovservation that is being made by more than just the team’s captain. Defenseman Brent Seabrook echoed Toews’ words after the game as well and head coach Joel Quenneville thought the team faded after a strong start to the game.
Seabrook: “I don’t think we played well enough to win that one in overtime at all.” #Blackhawks
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Quenneville said after the game that he thought the team lost the pace they were paying at early on and failed to set the tone they way they looked like they were doing. That’s something that carried over into the third period and eventually the failed attempt to win the game in overtime yet again.
“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.”
You had to expect the Bruins to come out hard the way they did in Game 2 and this looks to be a series that will do it’s best to go a full seven games. Boston’s performance on Saturday shows they have the chops to keep up and overtake the Balckhawks at times and Game 1 showed Chicago has the legs to outlast the Bruins if they have to.
The result so far is and even series and expect much more of that back-and-forth in the coming games.