CHICAGO, IL - When Nathan Horton didn't return to Game One's triple overtime barn-burner, with what would later be terms a "day-to-day" injury, Tyler Seguin was the one to slot onto the right wing with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.
He had assisted earlier in the game on Patrice Bergeron's power-play tally that had made it 3-1. The forward eventually put up a team-leading eight shots in 29:18 of ice time.
If Horton is unavailable for Saturday night (that is still a big "if," considering he skated with the team during Friday's practice and was labeled a gameday decision by Head Coach Claude Julien), Seguin would likely be tabbed to fill in.
"He skated, had some chances. He's got the speed to be up there with them, got the skill," said Julien, the day following the 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago, in which Seguin finished the game with Lucic and Krejci.
"For him, it's an opportunity right now. He did a great job. We'll see where everybody stands here by Saturday."
CHICAGO, IL - When the Bruins hit the ice at the United Center on Friday afternoon for practice the day before Game Two, Nathan Horton joined his teammates. He didn't appear to have any limitations.
Horton had left the first overtime of Game One and did not return for the rest of the 4-3 triple overtime loss to Chicago. He's been labeled as "day-to-day" and remained that way Friday, though he was on the ice skating.
"We'll have to make a decision on him tomorrow," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told media following the team's practice. "It was encouraging to see him out there today. If he feels good tomorrow, he's in the lineup, simple as that."
Horton's teammates were relieved to see the right wing out on the ice as well.
"Definitely better than not. Better than not, that's for sure," said Shawn Thornton. "We all hope he's available. He's one of our better hockey players. He's been amazing in these playoffs. If he can go, we'll be happy to have him."
CHICAGO, IL - Wednesday night's triple overtime in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final conjured up memories for Bruins President Cam Neely.
Albeit, not ones he'd like to remember.
The Bruins fell 4-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center with Andrew Shaw's winner 52:08 into overtime, 12:08 into the third frame of extra time.
For Neely, it drew awfully close to the 3-2 triple overtime loss he endured as a Bruin in Game One of the 1990 Stanley Cup Final against the Edmonton Oilers.
"[Assistant GM] Don Sweeney and I were talking a little bit during the overtime. We had some chances to finish it off, just like we did way back when," said Neely, of having deja vu during the OT. "But, you certainly have some flashbacks."
That game in 1990 was a home one for the spoked-B, played in the old Boston Garden. After a barn-burner like Wednesday night's in Chicago, the Oilers' Petr Kilma found a way past Bruins netminder Andy Moog 55:13 into overtime.
CHICAGO, IL - Right wing Nathan Horton left the ice during the first overtime of Game One on Wednesday night, and did not return to the bench for the rest of the game. He skated off the ice after a collision near the goal during a B's power play. Head Coach Claude Julien was not able to provide an update following the game, as the doctors had not finished Horton's evaluation.
With the Bruins and Blackhawks not practicing on Thursday following the 4-3 triple overtime game that ended in favor of the Hawks, Coach Julien addressed the media from the team's hotel in downtown Chicago.
Julien labeled Horton as "day to day."
CHICAGO, IL - When midnight rolled around at the United Center, there were the Bruins and Blackhawks, still battling, still blocking shots, still firing, mentally trying to keep themselves sharp those their legs had lost steam.
It was Stanley Cup hockey at its finest. It just didn't end up on the Bruins' side.
Milan Lucic, a force all night, scored twice. Patrice Bergeron scored his sixth of the playoffs to give the B's a 3-1 lead in the third. But a turnover and a skate deflection turned it into a tie game.
Tuukka Rask made 59 saves. The B's fired 54 shots. But they couldn't find the back of the net in triple overtime of the NHL's fifth longest game ever in the Stanley Cup Final.
And with 7:52 left from sending it into quadruple OT, Chicago's Andrew Shaw deflected their 24th shot of the extra time past Rask to lift them to the 4-3 win.
It was hard-fought, on both sides. There wasn't a single player that didn't 'leave it all out there.'
CHICAGO, IL - With Game One of the Stanley Cup Final from United Center knotted at 3-3 in an eventual triple OT barn-burner, forward Nathan Horton left the ice during a Bruins' power play with under eight minutes left in the first overtime.
He did not return for the second and third OT periods.
Following the game, Boston Head Coach Claude Julien said there there was not yet an update on the forward.
CHICAGO, IL - Finally, it's arrived. The morning of Game One came and went, and now only a few hours stand between the Bruins and Blackhawks as they await puck drop on the Stanley Cup Final.
Both teams have been here recently. The Bruins carrying over nearly their entire roster from the 2011 Cup, and Chicago has their core from their 2010 run still intact. They've been through Media Day, and remember the amount of reporters quadrupling from the regular season and round to round.
But, at the heart of it all, it's one more game that they get to play. And the importance of minimizing the "hoopla" - as Bruins' Head Coach Claude Julien has called it - becomes even more significant. Because preparation and focus is everything in this game, especially when faced with a shot at the Stanley Cup.
As such, the respective teams' pregame routines don't change. Equipment preparations are made, skating and stretching ensues, player speak with media (just 10 times the amount) and head off to get in a good meal and rest up for another hockey game.
CHICAGO, IL - The Bruins' lineup at pregame skate this morning at the United Center looked the same as Game Four against Pittsburgh and practices this week. As such, expect to see B's Head Coach Claude Julien mixing and matching with the "bottom six" forwards, depending on situations.
We'll often see defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg paired together throughout the game, the mixing and matching will most likely happen on the back end as well, especially in matching up against Chicago's offensive weapons.
The Blackhawks are re-inserting forward Brandon Bollig into their lineup on the fourth line, with Viktor Stalberg expected to be a scratch. It marks his first playoff game of this postseason, but his line with Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik was a consistent trio for the Hawks during the regular season that, as their Head Coach Joel Quenneville put it, "seemed to be in their offensive zone at the end of shifts."
BostonBruins.com - The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks haven't faced each other since October 15, 2011.
With the Original Six franchises meeting for the first time in their storied histories in the Stanley Cup Final, what better way to see two of the top teams in their respective conference finally face off?
When the B's faced divisional opponent Toronto, along with the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins in the first three rounds, they knew exactly what they were matching up against from an experience standpoint, having faced each team at least three times in the regular season.
"The last thing you want to do is try and feel your way through this Final, because by the time you’re done doing that the damage will be done," said Julien, when asked if he'll get a better idea of the 'Hawks come Game One. "You’ve got to go out there and establish your game plan and just play with confidence."
BOSTON, MA - The Bruins held practice at TD Garden Monday morning, and will head to Chicago within the next 24 hours to take part in 'Media Day' at the United Center before kicking off the Final on Wednesday night.
The excitement was apparent. But there was also a calmness and focus about the group. They ran through 60-plus minutes of practice, working on breakouts, line changes, deflections, five-on-five scrimmaging, battling and all aspects of their game. In between practice segments, they would huddle for extended periods of time as Head Coach Claude Julien would draw up plays on the board and instruct his team.
"Yeah, there is," Coach said, acknowledging the composure of his team. "But there was a sense of calmness going into the other ones, too. It’s about understanding what you’re going to be facing."
"We don’t want to waste our energy getting overly excited here a few days before. You’ve got to get yourself mentally ready first and then you’ve got to have the energy that is needed to win a hockey game. So I think our guys are focused and focus is probably what you need right now."