BOSTON — Tyler Seguin knew something had to be said.
And he was pretty sure it wouldn’t be fit for public consumption.
After the Chicago Blackhawks badly outplayed the Boston Bruins in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night, Seguin ditched the microphone he had been wearing as part of the TV broadcast and headed back into the dressing room so the team could hash out its problems in peace.
“It was really a mix of everybody saying something,” Seguin said. “I think we needed that team wake-up call.”
Neither team skated Sunday as they prepare for tonight’s Game 3 in Boston, instead choosing to rest after playing 10 periods while trading overtime victories that left the series tied at one game apiece.
Chicago took the first one, winning a triple-OT thriller after 52 extra minutes. It started Game 2 by sending 19 shots – to Boston’s four – at Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to take a 1-0 lead.
“Not much needed to be said after that first period,” said Chris Kelly. “I think Tuukka pointed out that was a pretty terrible period by our team. If it wasn’t for Tuukka, it would have been a lot worse.”
Neither Kelly nor coach Claude Julien nor any of the other Bruins would divulge what was said in the room. But something snapped them out of their funk.
“Claude came in a little bit later, but I think we were all equally upset about that first period,” said Daniel Paille, who scored at 13:48 of overtime to end it. “Definitely, Claude let us know and it was a way for us to wake up.”