Chicago Blackhawks players slowly walked to their respective seats at the podiums, the look of fatigue, not surprisingly, still somewhat evident. It’s the byproduct of an extended game the previous night and, in some cases, an unexpectedly brief night’s sleep.

“To tell you the truth, I fell asleep around 3 (a.m.) and woke 
up early. I think my neighbor decided he was going to drill in the morning. That was unpleasant,” Marian Hossa said to laughs. “You know, hopefully he’s going to get his message for next time and he 
won't drill.”

All early-morning home projects aside, Wednesday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, a three-overtime affair, was a reminder of how entertaining, how scintillating and how long postseason hockey can be. And Thursday was a reminder of how much recovery days are appreciated following such games. The Blackhawks and Boston Bruins get two days between Game 1 and Saturday’s Game 2, a schedule they might have thought little of when first announced but are probably thrilled with now.

With so much expended in Game 1 and so much at stake in Game 2, the rest will certainly benefit both squads.

“When you play two games in one night, it's probably a blessing in disguise that we have two days between because, No. 1, it's going to make for a better Game 2,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “I think if anybody who is a hockey fan watched last night's game, they have to be happy with the showing. It was a hard-fought game (that) could have gone either way. That's what the Stanley Cup Final should be all about.”