The Blackhawks are back in Boston for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup  last June 24.
As you can imagine, the Hawks found the visiting dressing room much cleaner than they’d left it, and they were happy to be back where they scored two goals in 17 seconds in Game 6 to win their second Cup in a three-year span.
“It was a great memory, it was a great night. Unpredictable, amazing ending,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after his team’s morning skate. “There’s a lot of good memories, for sure. We expect a dangerous team on the other side. They’re playing extremely well, so it will be a great test for us in that regard.”
This will be Boston and Chicago’s second meeting since the Cup finals, as the Blackhawks defeated the B’s in a shootout at the United Center back on Jan. 19.
“I think playing in their rink first definitely took the edge off,” Brad Marchand  said Thursday morning. “This time, it’s more about just playing our game and conning the way we have been.
“The first time we played them was the first time we played against each other since the Cup finals. It’s always a big game for the crowd and for us. It was nice to get that one behind us, and now we can just worry about playing our game.”
One storyline with these two teams — and it’s one that has been overkilled like you read about (and then read about 10 more times — is the amount of respect the two teams have for one another. It’s come up so often for good reason, however, as the teams both play strong two-way hockey.
Plus, as Claude Julien  put it, the Blackhawks don’t do things to get a rise out of the B’s like some of Boston’s other opponents do.
“I’m one of those guys that believes they play the game the right way,” Julien said of the Blackhawks. “There’s no embellishment, no crap, none of that stuff.”
Tuukka Rask  and Corey Crawford will be in net for their respective teams Thursday night.