BOSTON — The Chicago Blackhawks returned to the scene of one of the greatest triumphs in franchise history when they took ice at TD Garden in Boston on Thursday night.
It marked the first time the Hawks skated in Boston since capturing the Stanley Cup in stunning fashion with two goals in 17 seconds in the waning minutes of Game 6 back in June.
Corey Crawford suffered the loss for the Hawks, who failed to clinch a postseason berth.
Despite the intensity of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, there wasn’t animosty between the teams. Instead, it was about respect.
“I’m one of those guys who believes (the Hawks) play the game the right way,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “There’s no embellishment, there’s no crap, there’s none of that stuff. Just hard-fought hockey from both sides. They have a lot of guys who will go to the front of the net and get their noses dirty and we like to do the same thing. Sometimes, when teams play the right way they end up respecting each other. That doesn’t mean there aren’t good hits, it doesn’t mean there’s not pushing and shoving but at the end of the day there is a lot of respect and still is after that finals. At the end of the day, they were the better team and they won and I don’t think there’s any reason for us to sit here and say they stole it or it wasn’t fair or it was bad refereeing or anything like that. The best team in that series won it.”