CHICAGO – The day after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the players were clearly not happy. At this most important of moments, on this grandest stage, they felt terrible about their opening effort.
They had let one another down, played sloppily and forgotten the sound principles that got them this far. And, one by one, they promised that Game 2 on Monday night would be far different, far better.
Yes, that’s how the Chicago Blackhawks felt Sunday.
“We haven’t had a game like that for a while,” Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. “As a team, we were not very tight. We were chasing the puck too much, weren’t protecting it. We weren’t supporting each other. We’ve got to be a lot better.”
The winner’s locker room sounded like a loser’s locker room, although the Blackhawks had taken a lead of one game to none in the best-of-seven series after Saturday’s 6-5 outcome.