The Chicago Blackhawks seemed to know before the Stanley Cup Finals started that getting into a battle of physical strength and intimidation with the Boston Bruins was a bad idea.

It was certainly far away from the game that the Blackhawks had been playing to great effect during their run in the Western Conference.

Bryan Bickell has been an impressively rugged player for the Blackhawks during their Cup run, and he’d clearly be considered as such blessed with a 6-foot-4, 233-pound power forward frame. But even Bickell seemed to shy away from potentially attempting to stand toe-to-toe with a Bruins team that's long been considered the biggest, strongest and meanest team in the NHL.

“From what our team game is, we’re not really a physical team. We have more of a speed game,” said Bickell. “I think we’ve been outhit in every [playoff] series. We need to just stick with our strength. If it’s going to be physical then we’ll be physical, but we need to stick with what got us here.”

Well, it got physical in Game 2 with the Bruins taking a 2-1 overtime win and out-hitting the Blackhawks by a 50-34 margin in the process.

Some of the disparity in hits was due to Boston chasing the puck in a one-sided first period, of course.

But Milan Lucic also turned into a human Scud missile slamming down a game-high 10 hits against a victimized group of Chicago players. He took every opportunity to take a run at Chicago defensemen chasing after the puck, and rattle the boards with the kind of hit that sticks in a player's memory.

Physical B's players like Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille committed to stepping up and laying big licks on Blackhawks players in the neutral zone.

Paille authored a big hit on Bickell in the middle portion of the game as he was coming out of his own zone with the puck, and the red-hot Chicago power forward was invisible for the rest of the game.