Jonathan Toews and Zdeno Chara were pushing one another for position in front of the net as the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook scored the winning goal in overtime Wednesday.

As the Hawks escaped TD Garden with a 6-5 victory and a 2-2 tie in the Stanley Cup Final, Toews added a verbal shove, captain to captain.

"There's certain ways you can expose him," Toews said of the Bruins' 6-foot-9 defenseman. "The dump-ins that we made (Wednesday) were going to his side. We made sure we were outnumbering him everywhere we went, taking away his stick first thing.

"We just try not to be intimidated by his size. ... We can outwork him, and we did that (Wednesday)."

The Hawks continued the verbal show of strength against the Bruins' massive defensive centerpiece Thursday upon their return to Chicago.

Toews said the Hawks should "try to make plays around him and through him," referring to Chara's slide to the ice on Marcus Kruger's 2-on-1 goal with Michael Frolik in the second period. Bryan Bickell added to the fire when he talked about his physical play against Chara, including a first-period hit on the boards that sent Chara to the ice.

"He doesn't like getting hit," Bickell said. "Not a lot of guys attempt it, but to get a hit on him and to see him fall down, it's rare, but I just needed to keep it going."

Chara was unavailable for a response Thursday morning in Boston as the Bruins tried to recover from a mistake-filled showing, though he did say Wednesday night the Bruins could have had a better presence in front of the net. But forward Brad Marchand was at TD Garden to jump to the defense of Chara, who had two assists but was a minus-3 in 28 minutes, 15 seconds.

"Z's one of the best defensemen in the league," Marchand said. "A guy who's that big and that strong, you don't really want to play around with a whole lot, but they're welcome to say whatever they want."

Bruins coach Claude Julien said Chara's plus-minus wasn't necessarily indicative of his play, which he rated as "OK."

"There's no doubt they went after him, and he was OK because our whole team was OK," Julien said. "I don't think anybody on our team can stand up today and say, 'I thought I had a great game,' and that's why we're sitting here today tied 2-all."

Bad start: Tyler Seguin said he was surprised when the Hawks' Brandon Saad stripped him of the puck on the power play and fed Michal Handzus for a short-handed goal in the first period.

"From there it wasn't a good night," Seguin said.

The Bruins said the game was characterized by that bad start, poor decision-making and a back-and-forth, frenetic pace unsuited to their style of play.