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by Paul on 05/30/14 at 09:01 AM ET
from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,
It’s a mind game now. You just know the Blackhawks like their chances.
“We want to stay with that mentality that we’re putting all the pressure on them,” Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said Thursday before heading to Los Angeles with his teammates for Game 6 of the Western Conference final, “and it’s going to be tough for them to close it out and win that fourth game against us. We showed how resilient of a group we are [in Game 5]. We’re going to do it again [in Game 6].”
Trailing the series 3-2 but buoyed by a thrilling 5-4 double-overtime victory in Game 5, the Hawks are reaching deep into their bag of tricks for possibly the only trump cards they have left — their mental toughness and will to win.
The way this series has gone it’s the Hawks’ last and best hope to complete a mathematically unlikely comeback from a 3-1 series deficit. They’re certainly not outclassing the Kings on the ice. They’ve given up six unanswered goals in one game, lost two-goal leads in two games. The Kings are the better team in the face-off circle, on the penalty kill and the power play.
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