Hawks quick hits
What they’re saying
“You can tell in the building from the national anthem throughout the game, there’s something special going on here. I’m just happy to be a part of it. I was very fortunate to come in here at a great time, when the team was taking off.”
– Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on the buzz in Chicago
“I don’t know if it is an art. We’re just throwing pucks at the net. You need guys going to the net and trying to get traffic. It’s more of trying to keep it simple than being art.”
– Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith on the art of shooting pucks
“It was a great start [to Game 1]. I think we’re looking for the same kind of start in the second game. We want to put the pressure on them, hit them hard. … Play smart, don’t do anything stupid. But if we have the chance, we want to finish our checks.”
– Blackhawks forward Michael Frolik on expectations for Game 2
“We’ll have to make a decision on him [Saturday]. It was encouraging to see him out there [Friday]. If he feels good [Saturday], he’s in the lineup, simple as that.”
– Bruins coach Claude Julien on injured forward Nathan Horton
Here’s a look at the top contenders to earn the No. 1 star of Game 2:
Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews
Fresh off winning the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward, Toews could be in store for another award-winning performance in Game 2. Although Toews has scored only one goal in the postseason, he has eight assists to go along with 16 takeaways, which is second in the NHL.
Bruins: Tyler Seguin
The Bruins’ 21-year-old center has immense talent, which was implied by his status as the No. 2 overall pick of the 2010 NHL draft. Seguin led the Bruins with eight shots on goal in Game 1, and while he had to settle for no goals and one assist, a similar effort in Game 2 could yield better results.
If you’re on Twitter, here is a good account to follow during the game.
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Three stats to know
40: Blocked shots by the Bruins in Game 1, compared with 23 blocked shots by the Hawks. Expect the Bruins to continue to try to block and deflect shots in front of standout goaltender Tuukka Rask, who stopped 59 of the 63 shots that were not blocked by teammates in front of him.
61: Hits by the Hawks in Game 1, compared with 59 hits by the Bruins. Although the Hawks’ best asset is speed and skill, they proved that they are willing to engage in a physical game when necessary. Brandon Bollig, Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell shared the team lead with nine hits apiece.
18: Giveaways by the Hawks in Game 1, compared with five giveaways by the Bruins. All of the Hawks will need to be more careful with the puck in the second game of the series, but especially defenseman Brent Seabrook, who led the team with three giveaways in the opener.