CHICAGO –- While the Bruins were clearly elated to capture Game 2 and head back to Boston tied 1-1 with the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals, there more than a few angry words spoken in the Black and Gold dressing room between the first and second periods.
The Bruins were dominated in every meaningful way in the first 20 minutes, and outshot by a 19-4 margin en route to a 1-0 deficit headed into the first intermission.
“We’ve got to show up on time for these kinds of games. It could have cost us in [Game 2],” warned Claude Julien. “We got rewarded because I thought from the second period on, we were a good team, a better team, and by the end I thought we had more chances.”
Both Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa outshot the Bruins team all by themselves in the first period, and Chicago had a goal called back when ref Wes McCauley ruled he was blowing the whistle dead before Marian Hossa’s shot had a chance to trickle over the goal line. A goal there would have made it a 2-0 lead for the Blackhawks, but instead Tuukka Rask's 18 saves kept it just a one-goal game.
Julien said a few words to his players about adjustments that needed to be made, and put together the line of Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin.
But there was also plenty of discussion -- “angry” and “frustrated” discussion -- as they straightened one of their worst periods of the entire playoffs.
“We talked about Tuukka giving us a chance by keeping it 1-0,” said Milan Lucic. “We knew we had to play much better in every area. Once we simplified our game and got our feet going, that’s when things started happening for us. Hopefully we don’t wait a period in the next to actually wake up.”
The Bruins have a 5-2 record when they allow opponents to score first, but that’s not how the Black and Gold want to roll against the Blackhawks going forward.