CHICAGO – Filled with adrenaline after the Blackhawks’ triple-overtime win, veteran forward Marian Hossa finally fell asleep at 3 a.m. Thursday.
A few hours later, Hossa was awake. He didn’t want to be, but he was.
“My neighbor decided he was going to drill in the morning,” Hossa said dryly Thursday at the United Center. “That was unpleasant.”
Maybe Hossa’s neighbor is a fan of the Boston Bruins.
The Hawks took the day off from practice less than 24 hours after taking part in the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Final history. They will return to practice today in preparation for Saturday’s Game 2 against the Bruins.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was not concerned about lingering fatigue.
“I think with the extra day, everybody should be fine,” Quenneville said. “I think we went into the game yesterday thinking, ‘Let’s see how the game goes, we’ll evaluate whether or not we’re going to skate today.’
“That was an easy decision after coming in after the game [Wednesday].”
Good job, part I: As Hawks players tried to fight off exhaustion and earn an important win against the Bruins, the team’s equipment staff also worked overtime.
Well, three overtimes.
Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said everyone on the team’s support staff deserved credit for helping players to stay as fresh as possible.
“Guys were really focused on getting drinks in their system,” Seabrook said. “Guys were eating stuff. Guys were changing out of wet equipment and all that.
“We got a great equipment staff, great trainers that give us every opportunity to get good things in our body, taking care of drying equipment out, drying skates and stuff like that. It was a big job by them last night.
“It was good to help us get on the ice and play the way we could.”
Good job, part II: Quenneville spoke highly of fourth-line forward Brandon Bollig, who logged more than 14 minutes of ice time in his first action since May 5.
Bollig finished the game with nine hits, which was tied for most on the team.
“I thought he had a real strong game for us,” Quenneville said. “I liked what he brought to the team. …
“I thought he ended up in the offensive zone a lot. Defensively, you’re comfortable with him. I thought he was physical. I thought he had a purpose behind his game.”
If Bollig earns another shot to play in Game 2, Viktor Stalberg likely will remain out as a healthy scratch.
Hawks bits: The NHL will announce several of its award winners Friday, including the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year and the Frank J. Selke Trophy for best defensive forward. Quenneville is a finalist for the Adams, while Hawks captain Jonathan Toews is one of three players with a chance to win the Selke.