Hossa experiences drill of victory
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org June 13, 2013 10:20PM
Marian Hossa (81) didn’t get much sleep after the Blackhawks’ exhausting Game 1 victory. | Charles Rex Arbogast~AP
Updated: June 14, 2013 12:22AM
Marian Hossa finally fell asleep around 3 a.m. Thursday after the Blackhawks’ epic 4-3 triple-overtime victory over the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. But he didn’t sleep for long.
‘‘Woke up early,’’ Hossa said Thursday afternoon. ‘‘I think my neighbor decides he’s going to drill in the morning. That was unpleasant. Hopefully he gets the message for next time — don’t drill.’’
Hossa was mostly kidding. That’s what happens when you win the fifth-longest Stanley Cup Final game in NHL history. But recovering from the 112-minute marathon will be a challenge for both teams as they prepare for Game 2 on Saturday night at the United Center.
‘‘I think having a two-day break between Game 1 and 2 is huge,’’ Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said.
As expected, the routine will be the same for the players.
‘‘Just get ready and focus for the next one,’’ Seabrook said. ‘‘Get a lot of rest, stay hydrated, get as much healthy, good food in your system as you can.’’
Seabrook and Hossa gave credit to the team’s trainers and equipment staff for a yeoman’s job during the triple-overtime game.
‘‘We’ve got a great equipment staff and great trainers that give us every opportunity to get good things in our body, take care of drying equipment out and drying skates,’’ Seabrook said. ‘‘It was a great job by them ... to help us get on the ice and play the way we could.’’
‘‘It seemed like we had more trainers than players in the dressing room [between periods],’’ Hossa said. ‘‘That was nice to see.’’
Brandon Bollig had an even plus-minus in 14:24 of ice time in Game 1 and figures to play in Game 2, with Viktor Stalberg again on the bench.
‘‘I thought [Bollig] had a real strong game for us. I liked what he brought to the team,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘Defensively, you’re comfortable with him. He was physical. He had a purpose behind his game. He brought what we were looking for.’’
Before Game 1, Bruins coach Claude Julien was wary of eventual hero Andrew Shaw.
‘‘We know he’s an agitator; we know he’s good at embellishing, too, at times,’’ Julien said. ‘‘We’ve done our research.’’
Quenneville would not bite when asked for his reaction to Julien’s comment about Shaw embellishing.
‘‘I’m not going there,’’ he said.