The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final early Thursday morning but didn’t rest on their laurels when addressing the media later in the day. Chicago did not practice but will have the chance to do so Friday before Game 2 Saturday.
“I think you go into a game knowing you don’t get a lot of high-quality chances against Boston,” said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. “You get a couple fortunate bounces on a couple goals, those are goals you have to score. If you’re looking for those perfect plays, they’re going to be hard to find.”
The Blackhawks got fortunate bounces on both the tying goal (off the skate of Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference) and the winning goal (deflected in by Andrew Shaw).
Asked if anything surprised him about the Bruins, Quenneville said, ” I don’t know if it was a surprise, but they’re a good hockey team. I know you watch them, now you get to play against them, you see they’re fast, maybe faster than you anticipated.
“Their top line was extremely dangerous. They’ve got some guys that can make plays. They got patience with the puck.”
Blackhawks players said Thursday they were naturally tired after playing into three overtimes, but a day off should help.
“I think having the two-day break between Game 1 and 2 is huge,” said defenseman Brent Seabrook. “Same as last night. Get a lot of rest, stay hydrated, get as much healthy, good food in your system as you can. Just get ready and focus for the next one.”
Said forward Marian Hossa, “To tell you the truth, fall asleep around 3:00. Woke up early. I think my neighbor decide he going to drill in the morning. That was unpleasant (laughter).
“We are lucky, like Brent said, we got extra day, you know, to recharge the batteries and get back on Game 2.”