12:50 p.m.: Things are hot and humid in and around Boston today, so the ice surface will, once again, likely be a factor when things get underway tonight. With high’s around and above 90 degrees, Julien knows his team will have to adjust.
“Well, obviously with some fans in the building tonight, it’ll get obviously warmer. I thought the ice this morning was in pretty good shape, and they’ve done a good job. Walking in here yesterday with 90-plus degrees it was nice and cool in the arena. But those doors are going to open I would imagine and some of the heat will come in. But those are conditions that you have to play with at this time of year. Everybody has been through it, and two teams are going through the same conditions. Both teams are going to tell you the same truth; keep the game simple and try and avoid those mistakes from overhandling pucks in those kind of ice conditions.” -JB
10:35 a.m.: For those hoping for a Patrice Bergeron sighting on the ice at morning skate, no such luck. The center did not come out with his teammates, and although coach Claude Julien said there’s a chance he could play Game 6 on Monday night, his no-show is not promising.
In other morning skate news, Zdeno Chara is still paired with Dennis Seidenberg, and Andrew Ference is with Johnny Boychuk, despite rumblings that the defensive matchups could change after the Blackhawks appeared to find their way around Chara in the past couple of games.
9:30 a.m. ET: The Stanley Cup will be in the building Monday night, and it will be the visitors who have a chance to hoist hockey’s most treasured prize.
The Bruins and Blackhawks will play Game 6 on Monday night in Boston, where Chicago will look to win its second Cup in four years. The Hawks took care of business Saturday night when they beat the Bruins 3-1 in Game 5, giving them a 3-2 series lead. They’ll now get their first chance to close out the series with Game 6 at TD Garden.
It’s not an unfamiliar position for the Bruins, though. The B’s were in the same position in 2011 against Vancouver. After losing Game 5 on the road, the B’s returned to Boston for Game 6, and the Bruins rolled to a 5-2 win that extended the series, a series they ended up winning in seven.
The Bruins may be up against it Monday night, though. Patrice Bergeron left Game 5 and had to go to the hospital with what was later categorized by coach Claude Julien as a “body injury.” Bergeron’s status for Game 6 is unclear. If the Bruins are without the center, they could be in for a load of trouble, as he is arguably the club’s most important player.
Chicago will have an injury issue of its own to deal with, perhaps. Jonathan Toews didn’t technically leave Game 5, but he didn’t touch the ice in the third period. The Hawks sound confident he’ll play Monday night, but that would be a pretty big blow, as he’s one of Chicago’s most important players as well.
Puck drop for Game 6 at TD Garden is set for just after 8 p.m.