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Stanley Cup Stories: Blackhawks, Bruins rest up

06/14/2013 01:41 EDT | Updated 08/13/2013 05:12 EDT
It sure feels like Chicago and Boston have already played two games in the Stanley Cup final. Their first contest went to triple overtime, leaving the Blackhawks and Bruins to recover from their epic opener in time for the real Game 2 on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET). This and more in the top NHL stories from Thursday:

1. Andrew Shaw is a shift disturber, writes CBCSports.ca's Tim Wharnsby. The Blackhawks third-line right winger ended the fifth longest contest in Cup final in history Wednesday with his deflection in the third overtime period. Shaw has picked up a lot of praise since taking the Game 1 spotlight, but teammate Patrick Kane says it's obvious that the Belleville, Ont., native is just "really excited to be here." However, Bruins coach Claude Julien says his team has got the agitator figured out.

2. As the Cup finalists take much-needed rest after a lengthy series opener, the days off may help Nathan Horton buy some time. The forward is "day-to-day" after he appeared to suffer an upper-body injury in the first overtime period of the Bruins' 4-3 loss. Meanwhile, teammate Marc Savard, who has been forced away from the game by concussions since 2011, felt like he was right there with the B's.

3. The NHL begins handing out individual awards Friday at 5 p.m. ET, minus the glitz, glam and comedy sketches. A lockout-shortened season means no one-night awards show from Las Vegas, but hockey fans will find out the winners of the Bill Masterton Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy, King Clancy Memorial Trophy, Jack Adams Award, General Manager of the Year Award, Mark Messier Leadership Award and NHL Foundation Award (charitable work). Then during Saturday’s coverage on Hockey Night in Canada's Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, winners of the Hart, Calder, Norris and Vezina trophies will be named along with the recipient of the Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player as voted by members of the NHL Players’ Association (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET). Click here to tell us who you think will be taking home some hardware.

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