What they’re saying
“I think a lot of us that were here in 2010, we [think] we’re better players now. I myself feel that I’m a well-rounded player – got a lot better defensively and without the puck as time has gone on. I feel like I’m more focused about hockey now.”
Hawks forward Patrick Kane on his growth since 2010
“There’s been a lot of talk about [Tuukka] Rask. Rightfully so. He’s played great for them. He’s a big part of their success. I think we’ve played some good goalies in previous rounds. We’ve managed to find ways to score.”
Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith on Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask
“He’s always been a Norris Trophy winner for us. You have no idea what this guy does for a hockey club.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien on defenseman Zdeno Chara
“He’s a pest, but he’s also super skilled. He yaps a lot, but he backs it up with his play.”
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton on pesky teammate Brad Marchand
Here’s a look at the top contenders to earn the No. 1 star of Game 1.
Blackhawks: Marian Hossa
Kane might have stolen the show this weekend with a hat trick to close out the Los Angeles Kings, but Hossa has been one of the Hawks’ most consistent performers. Hossa has scored seven playoff goals, six of which have given the Hawks the lead. As for Hossa’s other goal during the playoffs? Well, that merely tied the game.
Bruins: Tuukka Rask
Rask was unbelievable in the Eastern Conference Finals as he allowed only two goals in four games against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In fact, Rask has allowed one or fewer goals in each of his last five games. Now, the 6-foot-3 goaltender from Finland will look to improve upon his 12-4 playoff record and 1.75 goals-against average.
If you’re on Twitter, here is a good account to follow during the game.
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Three stats to know
1: Difference, in pounds, between the average weight of the Hawks and Bruins. Both teams’ average player height is 6-foot-1, while the Hawks average 203 pounds compared with an average of 202 pounds for the Bruins.
70: Percent of games in which the home team has won during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. Home teams have won 56 of 80 games, which is remarkable when one considers that home teams have not won more than 60 percent of playoff games in a single postseason since 1993.
606: Days since the Hawks played the Bruins. The two teams last met Oct. 15, 2011, when Boston held on for a 3-2 shootout victory. The franchises have met 578 times during the regular season, with the Bruins going 261-235-82.