At last, another game day is upon us.
The good news is the series picks up the pace a bit now, with only one day off before Game 3 on Monday and then only one day off before Game 4 on Wednesday.
Both the Bruins (12:30 p.m.) and Blackhawks (11:30 a.m.) will hold a pregame skate at United Center, which will shed some light on the lines we may expect to see in Game 2.
At 7 p.m., the major NHL awards winners will be announced – MVP, best defenseman, top rookie and most outstanding player.
Then the puck drops on Game 2 shortly after 8 p.m. The game will be televised on NBCSN.
Links from Chicago
The Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus explains why Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa is a fixture in the Stanley Cup Finals.
On ESPNChicago, Jesse Rogers writes about how Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews is still contributing despite not scoring much.
What you may have missed
Steve Silva hit the streets of Chicago to get reaction to one company’s decision to market “Chicago Stronger,” t-shirts. Watch his report here.
Friday’s Championship Today video provides a look at Nathan Horton back on the ice and skating at Bruins practice, and includes commentary from Bruins coach Claude Julien, center David Krejci, and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.
Chad Finn has 13 thoughts on how the series has gone so far.
Nathan Horton skated with the Bruins on Friday, but his injury status remains day-to-day.
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Patrice Bergeron was also a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, given to the NHL’s best two-way player, but the award went to Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks. His “Patrice’s Pals” program brings hospital patients and children’s groups to watch Bruins games in his TD Garden suite, and was a big factor in winning the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
Tonight’s live coverage on Boston.com features a special page that will have both game updates and a special fan chat hosted by Obnoxious Boston Fan. The updates will begin with the morning skates, and the fan chat kicks off at 7 p.m.
We’re also planning a live pregame show at 6 p.m. from the United Center. It’ll stream on our Boston Sports Live page as well as the BDC homepage and sports page.
During the game, we’ll have photos, and afterward we’ll have plenty of postgame interview video and columns.