Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 06/14/13 at 03:31 AM ET
Okay, so it's the middle of the night, and Wednesday night's game went for such a long period of time that even the boss and I decided to go with a "casual Thursday" as neither team practiced and, while we may be bloggers, not beat writers, both Paul and I have been essentially covering the 2013 season since the NHL made that first CBA proposal 11 months ago, so we're dealing with mental and physical fatigue, especially given the 48-games-in-99-nights demoltion derby followed by nearly two months of playoff ups and downs, too.
As we look toward Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday...
- ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald pondered how the Bruins will rebound from a monumental effort that was marred by mistakes that scuttled a 3-1 third-period lead and yielded what may be a devastating loss;
- USA Today's Kevin Allen noted the comments made by both teams regarding attempting to recover and re-set themselves for Saturday;
- SI's Stu Hackel decided to push ahead of the curve and offer some keys to Game 2 for both teams;
- The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek talked to the CBC's Gary Galley about both teams' likely takes on what is a skill-diminishing-effort (which makes Game 1 a little hard to assess for both sides), the Associated Press's Steven Whyno noted that both teams were trying to suggest that, "It was just one game," and Sportsnet's Chris Johnston spoke with Bruins president Cam Neely about the parallels between Game 1 and the Bruins' loss in the longest Stanley Cup Final game way back in 1990;
- And the Score's Justin Bourne pointed out what many pundits have while adding his excellent, "I've been there as a player, too" perspective to the mix: Andrew Shaw may be displaying near-Conn-Smythe-trophy-worthy play (when a pal asked me whether the press award Shaw the Conn Smythe on Twitter, I responded by suggesting that it's hard to imagine a "pest" taking the popular vote), even Shaw's teammates will admit that, to put things delicately, he's a bit of a dick.
I kept on hearing the Blackhawks insist that they'd carried playoff momentum through their Western Conference Semifinal against the Wings, and the Wings insist the momentum did not transfer from game to game, but Games 5, 6 and 7 seemed to go Chicago's way as if Chicago's offense got in gear and started to sweep over Detroit as if it were building tide simply couldn't be stopped by a team whose youngsters couldn't out-score their mistakes against a deeper team.
At the same time, we hear all these stats about the winner of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final winning the Cup the vast majority of the time, but even taking into account the fact that this could end up being an 8-game series...
Is it realistic to suggest that the two days off between Games 1 and 2 will allow the Bruins to re-set? Both teams have "been there and done that" in terms of rebounding from devastating losses and flubbing momentum after gutsy wins as they've played oodles of playoff games since 2010, so none of this stuff is new to them.
What do you think will happen in Game 2, and do you believe that the pair of days off will re-set the series, or does a triple overtime win yield the kind of confidence that the Red Wings displayed in dispatching the Carolina Hurricanes in a hurry way back in 2002?
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