Bruins, Blackhawks prepared for the unknown in Game 1
CHICAGO (WHDH) -- With Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals just hours away, both the Bruins and the Blackhawks are unsure of what the outcome is going to be. But they both know it’s going to be a hard fight.
“We’ve seen these guys. We haven’t played against them, but we’ve seen enough to know what they’re capable of doing,” said Bruins coach, Claude Julien.
Both teams are capable of devising a game plan without having that game experience.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a feeling through process here. I think both teams are going to try and establish their game on the other,” said Julien.
If you’re the Bruins why would you change? After winning nine out of their last ten games, you don’t mess with success.
“I don’t think our game plan is going to change. What you’ve seen us do in the other rounds is basically what we’ll continue to do because it’s worked for us,” said Julien.
That philosophy seems to work for the players as well, who might be intrigued by the unknown, but certainly not fazed.
“I don’t think about it really the way you guys think about it. I think the biggest thing is us going out there and establishing how we are going to come out and our identity, not being worried about how the other team is going to come out or waiting to see who’s going to do what,” said Tyler Seguin.
And the Blackhawks agreed.
“I think it’s fun to play against a team that you don’t play every other night, so it’s going to be fun to learn Boston a little bit more on the ice and see what challenge they bring,” said Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.
Game 1 will be held Wednesday night in Chicago. Puck drop is at eight o’clock.