Marian Hossa (left), who scored against Boston on Sunday, and Patrick Sharp… (Getty Images )
You probably thought you'd seen everything a Blackhawks Bruins game had to offer when these teams met in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
Not only did Sunday's rematch at the United Center end in a shootout—which, of course, is impossible in the playoffs—there were a number of strange occurrences this time around.
Parts of the game were familiar, and just as nerve-wracking. After Marian Hossa put the Hawks up 1-0 in the first, Boston took a 2-1 lead until the Hawks eventually forced overtime.
"It was just two really good teams going back and forth at each other," said Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who made 34 saves. "A bit of everything in this game."
"I'm just glad it didn't take three overtimes," captain Jonathan Toews said, referring to Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
Patrick Kane eventually put the finishing touches on the Blackhawks' 3-2 win with a mini-version of his slowdown move in the shootout.
"He's so skilled," defenseman Duncan Keith said. "There's been times when he's had chances in the shootout and been real close, and for whatever reason it just didn’t go in. But he had a nice one today."
Here are five things from Sunday you won't come close to seeing in a typical hockey game.
Brandon Bollig … sharpshooter
The Blackhawks' tying goal came from one of the most unlikely sources: bruiser Brandon Bollig. What looked like a relatively harmless shot squirted past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to make it 2-2 in the second period, and that's all she wrote for regulation scoring. It was Bollig's fifth goal of the year.
Jonathan Toews … villain
The Hawks captain, not exactly a regular in the penalty box, drew a 10-minute misconduct for throwing a piece of his stick in the crowd. Lucky for him the game remained tied while he was away.
"I didn't even pay attention to the stick [going into the crowd]," Keith said. "It's kind of a weird play. I don't think he tried to throw it up there."
Nice try, Boston
It doesn't have the same ring as "17 Seconds," even if Boston's Brad Marchand scored twice in 68.9 seconds of game time—once late in the first period and again early in the second. Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scoff at you, Marchand!
Ben Smith vs. Zdeno Chara
Kudos to Smith, a 5-11, 207-pound forward, for not backing down from the Bruins' 6-9, 255-pound defenseman. Next time he might want to put Brandon Bollig on his shoulders though. From the looks of it, Smith is gonna have some extra bruises come Monday. Chara? Not so much.
A new teammate?
It’s insanely cold in Chicago again, so you can’t blame the bird for seeking shelter in the United Center throughout the game. True to form though, Crawford said he didn’t notice, and Keith wasn’t befuddled either. Not on Sunday, anyway.
“No, I didn’t see a bird. Was there a bird up there?” Keith said. “I saw a bird about a week ago, down there,” he added, pointing down the locker room. “I don’t know if it’s the same one.”
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