Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Bruins got wake-up call they needed in Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup final

BLACKHAWKS 1, Bruins 1

Game 1: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 3 OT

Game 2: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1 OT

Tonight: at Boston, 8, NBCSN

Wednesday: at Boston, 8, Ch. 8

Saturday: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8

June 24: at Boston, 8, Ch. 8 *

June 26: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8 *

* If necessary

BOSTON — Tyler Seguin knew something had to be said. And he was pretty sure it wouldn't be fit for public consumption.

After the Blackhawks outplayed the Bruins — outscoring them 1-0 and outshooting them 19-4 — in the first period of Saturday's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final, the center ditched the microphone he had been wearing as part of the TV broadcast.

"I definitely knew it was coming," Seguin said Sunday. "So I threw my shoulder pads in the training room and put a towel over them so no one could hear what we were saying. I think we needed that team wake-up call."

Seguin later assisted on Daniel Paille's goal with 6:12 left in overtime that evened the series at 1. The series shifts to Boston for tonight's Game 3.

Neither team skated Sunday, conserving their energy after playing 10 periods while trading overtime victories.

"It's a lot about getting your rest," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "It's not rocket science. You just get sleep and do as best you can and do all those little things to get ready to go."

The Bruins weren't ready to go for Game 2, prompting the discussion after the first period.

"I think (goalie Tuukka Rask) pointed out that was a pretty terrible period by our team," said Chris Kelly, who tied the score with 5:02 left in the second. "If it wasn't for Tuukka, it would have been a lot worse."

Neither the players nor coach Claude Julien divulged what was said. But something snapped them out of their funk. The Blackhawks had only 15 shots over the next two-plus periods to Boston's 24. For the game, Boston had 50 hits — 10 by Milan Lucic — to 34 for Chicago.

Blackhawks center Dave Bolland said he and his teammates relaxed after the first period.

"You always have to have your foot on the gas against this team," Bolland said. "They're a physical team. You see the guys they have. They're a big team. And they play hard, and they're going to hit. So you've got to be ready for that."

Coyotes to Seattle? The league will move the Coyotes from Phoenix to Seattle if an arena lease agreement is not finalized by July 2, Canada's CBC reported. The city of Glendale owns the arena. Its city council is set to vote on a lease agreement, which includes paying the new team owners $15 million annually, on June 25. Meanwhile, Seattle's KING-TV reported the league has met with city officials and potential buyers. The team would play at Key Arena until a new arena, previously set to be built if an NBA team moved to Seattle, was available.

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