Andrew Shaw

Julien: Bruins don’t gameplan for ‘Mr. Shaw’


The Boston Bruins aren’t going to concern themselves with Andrew Shaw.

That was the story following Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, as B’s head coach Claude Julien said his club isn’t strategizing how to silence Chicago’s gritty forward — even though he was a force.

“I don’t think we do our gameplan around Mr. Shaw,” Julien explained. “Our gameplan is against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“We know he’s an agitator, we know he’s good at embellishing too, at times. We know all that stuff.”

In addition to scoring the game-winning goal in the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Final history, Shaw stuffed the stat sheet.

He finished with a goal, an assist, a plus-2 rating, a team-high nine hits, one takeaway and won his lone faceoff on the evening — all in a career-high 24:03 time on ice.

Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t say enough about the performance.

“He’s a competitor,” Quenneville explained. “He does things game in, game out. The bigger the stage, the bigger the challenge, he rises to the occasion.”

Shaw now has nine points in 18 postseason games, and is quickly becoming one of Chicago’s best performers in the clutch.

He’s tied for the team lead in game-winning goals, with two, and played a key role in kickstarting the Blackhawks’ two-goal rally in the third period by setting up Dave Bolland to cut Boston’s lead to one.

The pass to Bolland was a pretty one, but it was Shaw’s grinder tendencies that had his head coach raving.

“[Shaw] knows where the front of net is. Doesn’t have to be pretty,” Quenneville said. “He’s a warrior. He’s one of those guys that you appreciate he’s on your side and he’s relentless.”


Quenneville: Bruins’ HuLK line ‘had a monster game’

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One

The HuLK line was in fine form throughout most of Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins’ trio of Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and David Krejci combined for five points on the night, with Lucic scoring the first two goals of the night for Boston.

And it wasn’t just in Wednesday night.

It’s been throughout the playoffs, with Krejci leading the league in playoff scoring, and Horton leading in the plus-minus category.

“We haven’t seen this team there. I thought offensively, defensively, I don’t know if we’ve seen a line like that all year,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters.

“I thought they had a monster game, their top line. Maybe we were looking for a little bit more balance, keeping aware of that line. But they were tough to handle.”

The trio lost one of its members in overtime, however.

Horton appeared to injure his shoulder in the first extra period and did not return to the game. There was no update on his condition following the game.

The Blackhawks eventually came back to win 4-3 in triple overtime.

‘Nothing to say’: Bruins’ coach offers update on Horton

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien offered a quick update on forward Nathan Horton, who left the game in the first overtime and was favoring his shoulder as he went to the bench.

“Nothing to say,” said Julien, according to a post-game tweet from Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press.

Horton appeared to injure his left shoulder after bumping with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson just to the side of the net in overtime.

Horton entered Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final with a league-leading plus-21 rating, and is one-third of the HuLK line, with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

That line contributed to the first two Boston goals of the game, which ultimately ended in a 4-3 triple overtime victory for the Blackhawks.

Video: Bruins’ Horton hurt in overtime of Game 1

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Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton was favoring his left shoulder and left the game in the first overtime of Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Final.

Horton, who injured his shoulder on what looked to be a harmless bump with the Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson, did not return to the Bruins’ bench for the second overtime period.

Horton was one-third of the HuLK line for the Bruins, which, along with Milan Lucic and David Krejci has a combined 56 points in these playoffs. Horton also has a league-leading plus-21 rating in these playoffs, prior to Wednesday’s game.

The Bruins have not officially announced anything as to a possible return for Horton.


Video: Bergeron ends Bruins’ power-play drought

Bergeron PPG

As thoroughly as Boston bested the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals, the Bruins weren’t able to score a single power-play goal against them. They only needed 18 seconds of ice time with the man advantage to end that slump tonight.

Forward Patrice Bergeron fired a rocket shot to give the Boston Bruins a 3-1 lead over Chicago — although the Blackhawks have since bounced back.

You can watch his work below:

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To be clear, scoring a power-play goal against the Chicago Blackhawks is no small task. This is just the fourth goal that Chicago has conceded in the playoffs while shorthanded. That being said, it helped Boston that forward Michael Frolik — who is one of Chicago’s top penalty killers — was the one in the sin bin.