BOSTON — The first period was dominated by the Boston Bruins. They had everything: hustle, physicality, puck possession, more shots (12-6) and a crowd behind them here at the TD Garden which was going completely insane.
But the Bruins led just 1-0 at the first intermission. They should have been up more.
“The first period we could be up 3-0 and we were only up one,” Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said.
Simply put, the Blackhawks were licking their chops after being down just one goal during the first intermission and they eventually skated away from here with the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks won 3-2 with some late-game heroics.
Chicago’s Daniel Carcillo didn’t play but he was in the locker room between periods.
“We heard the guys in the room say, ‘That was the best they (the Bruins) had and so now it’s time for us to play because we really didn’t do that in the first,’” Carcillo said. “So they reiterated that in the room and then came out and the third was our period. This group is just never-say-die and tonight’s game was more evident of that (than) our whole run this year or this playoff, which has been amazing.”
Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger said that the Blackhawks knew that Boston was going to come out storming in the first period.
“They came out flying,” Kruger said, “and they couldn’t play like that the whole game. I think we (did) better in the second period. And the end of the game, I don’t know what to say about this.”
The Blackhawks outshot Boston 31-25 despite their lackluster first period.
“We probably could have scored more goals in the first and the third, but we didn’t,” Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara said.
Tyler Seguin finished the playoffs with just one goal, seven assists and a minus-2 rating in 22 games.