Stanley Cup Stories: Blackhawks, Bruins lick wounds

The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins have become well acquainted with lengthy games in the Stanley Cup final and get only one night to rest before Game 3.

Teams locked in tight Stanley Cup final battle

Boston Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk (55) battles with Chicago Blackhawks forward Michal Handzus (26) as Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask tries to see the play during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday. (Jeff Haynes/Reuters)

It's been a grind. The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins have become more acquainted with lengthy games in the Stanley Cup final, and they'll only get one night off to rest up for Monday. Here are our Stanley Cup stories from Sunday:

1. Who doesn't like getting two for the price of one? How about three for the price of two? Despite the series being square at 1-1, the Blackhawks and Bruins have played over a trio of contests if you factor in the amount of overtime periods they've battled through. This exhausting Stanley Cup final has produced a grand total of 185 minutes and 56 seconds of action, tightly packed into the span of two games. As senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby puts it, this series has taken its toll on the players and is turning into a gruelling affair.

2. Remember when Andrew Shaw rose to the occasion and queued the Chicago Blackhawks' triple-overtime triumph on Wednesday? Or how about Daniel Paille's OT heroics on Saturday night in Game 2? Check out some action shots from the first two tilts by clicking here. Hockey fans will get to find out how the next contest is decided when the two teams square off for Game 3 on Monday in Boston (CBC,, 8 p.m. ET). Will this one need an extra frame or will it be settled in regulation?

3. There have been plenty of missed opportunities in the 2013 Cup final, and an abundance of momentum swings. But if you ask Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, "No one said it was going to be easy." He's absolutely correct by the looks of it. These two squads have been locked in a tight battle so far to hoist Lord Stanley's Mug. But with the series shifting to the Bruins' backyard, Boston may have the advantage. Who do you think will prevail in Game 3?