BOSTON (AP) — The Bruins' last home game of this season is the first they ever played in the summer in Boston.
The temperature reached a high of 95 on Monday and the Bruins and Blackhawks were anticipating a somewhat sluggish ice surface for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. There was fog in the building during the teams' morning skates.
"With some fans in the building tonight, it'll get obviously warmer," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "I thought the ice this morning was in pretty good shape."
The Blackhawks could win their second championship in four years with a victory on Monday.
In Game 3 in Boston, the ice was "pretty bad," Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said after his team's 2-0 win then. "If there's a play to be made, you have to make sure it's an easy one."
Which teams handle the conditions better loomed as a factor in Game 6.
"Those are conditions that you have to play with at this time of year," Julien said. "Everybody has been through it, and two teams are going through the same conditions. Both teams are going to tell you the same truth — keep the game simple and try and avoid those mistakes from overhandling pucks in those kind of ice conditions."