Patrick Kane looked like he had the typical post-game fatigue working after the Blackhawks’ Game 1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Not too bad, really. That’s good, because the Blackhawks have to come right back tomorrow and do this again.
The Blackhawks won’t have much time to rest – neither will the Kings – as the two face off in Game 2 of their Western Conference Final series at 7 p.m. Sunday night. The quick turnaround is unusual at this juncture of the postseason – Rolling Stones concerts on Friday and again on Monday probably didn’t help the scheduling. For the Blackhawks, it’s really different after having so many days in between their first few games against the Detroit Red Wings.
But it is what it is, and the Blackhawks will adjust.
“Yeah, it’s tough. It’s probably not ideal but both teams are in the same situation so no excuse there,” Patrick Sharp said. “It’s that time of year where you feel like you’re playing every day, whether it’s a day or two days off. I don’t think it’s an issue.”
Duncan Keith agreed.
“You just have to take care of yourself and get the rest when you can. Tonight would be ideal,” he said with a smile. “Then we’re back at it again. It’s good in a way too to get back at it, though. No time to think.”
That is one way of looking at it. The Blackhawks did what they wanted to in Game 1, holding home-ice advantage with that slim victory over the Kings. They feel good about their game in general right now, as Saturday marked their fourth consecutive postseason victory. Kane, for one, was fine with coming right back tomorrow.
“If we lost the game or guys were tired, it might be different. But for us, personally, I think everyone feels good in here. We’re excited about getting the win and keeping the momentum going into the next game instead of having to wait a few days like we did last series.”
The Blackhawks will really find out how they feel tomorrow. Maybe that momentum keeps their energy up. Perhaps the Kings’ determination to tie the series boosts their levels. The schedule is what it is. Both teams will adjust accordingly.