Patrick Sharp said fatigue wasn't an issue for the Blackhawks on Saturday night. He also said the Bruins' physical play wasn't either. After the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final was dominated by the Blackhawks, the Bruins found their feet and brought the physical style of play Chicago anticipated seeing. So after momentum shifted and Boston began getting chances in front of the net, the Blackhawks didn't blame their 2-1 overtime loss on adjustments their opponent made. "I think we expect them to be a physical team. They've got some big, mobile guys that finish their checks, and that's to be expected," Patrick Sharp said. "But I think for the most part we felt good, we felt energized, we felt quick, like we had speed...but they scored on their chances." The Blackhawks dominated the first 20 minutes of Game 2, but held just a 1-0 lead despite earning a 19-4 edge in shots on goal. While the Bruins weren't generating many chances in front of Corey Crawford, they made sure the Blackhawks didn't earn more than a one-goal lead. And once they tied the game, gears changed for both teams. "Momentum's big in the playoffs, both sides know that and it's another close game -- another overtime game," Sharp continued. "Both the games could go either way and I think it's come to expect for this series." The Blackhawks had their best period at the start of the game and the Bruins had their best at the end. But when you head into overtime, it's all about the finish, and the Blackhawks weren't able to gain that first-period momentum back.
Hawks won't blame fatigue, physicality on Game 2 loss
CSN Chicago | Jun 16