Stanley Cup Playoffs: Thursday's Need To Know

The legs are burning for many players and the eyes can barely stay open for many fans a day after a marathon opening to the Stanley Cup final between Chicago and Boston. Get caught up in our daily summary of top stories.

Cup coaches follow, cross paths

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, seen during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, shares a couple of previous hockey destinations in common with Boston counterpart Claude Julien. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

The legs are undoubtedly sore for many Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, and the eyes can barely stay open for many fans after a marathon opening to the Stanley Cup final.

Stay up to date on all the latest news and notes from around the NHL with this rundown, which will be updated throughout the day: 

  • Senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby was on the scene at a raucous United Center, with storms brewing outside, to report in the wee hours on the epic opening game, won 4-3 by host Chicago.
  • Find out a bit more about Andrew Shaw, who entered the annals of Stanley Cup final overtime heroes in the third extra session for the Blackhawks.
  • On that note, our latest infographic took a look at overtime trends over the past five years.
  • Legendary Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play man and Hockey Hall of Fame member Bob Cole has called plenty of thrilling overtimes and about three decades worth of Stanley Cup championships. Find out what he had to say Thursday on Metro Morning in Toronto about the Bruins-Blackhawks series and what it's like to be a voice of hockey history.
  • Joel Quenneville left the Windsor Spitfires for the pros just when Claude Julien — check out mustachoied Julien — began his OHL career there. More obscure commonality with the Chicago and Boston coaches, per sportscaster Kenny Albert's Twitter feed: Both toiled on the blue-line for the Baltimore Skipjacks, albeit three seasons apart.
  • Time is running out for these Phoenix Coyotes to ever engage in a Stanley Cup final.
  • There have been 41 different players to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the post-season. Winner No. 38 on Thursday signed a megabucks contract extension. Find out who, and for how much.
  • Reminder: Game 2 of the series will be preceded at 7 p.m. ET by the presentation of the Vezina, Norris, Calder, Lindsay and Hart awards, to be shown on CBC and