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The Blackhawks Will Rely On Their Mental Toughness

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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awould's avatar

How resilient they were in blowing a lead twice and squeaking it out in double OT at home. Ok.

I actually thought that game showed the resilience of LA in coming back from a poor start. I think that Chicago home win was all about the matchups and they won’t get those in LA. I think Chicago loses tonight.

Posted by awould on 05/30/14 at 12:36 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Ok, but they should probably rely on their skill and team cohesion more.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/30/14 at 12:43 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

The Blackhawks Will Rely On Their Mental Toughness

And when that fails, they’ll resort to what the usually do – whining.

I hope LA crushes big Toes and all the little Toes tonight.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/30/14 at 02:18 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

  The Blackhawks Will Rely On Their Mental Toughness

And when that fails, they’ll resort to what the usually do – whining.

I hope LA crushes big Toes and all the little Toes tonight.

Ah yes a Chicago and Pittsburgh specialty, whining.. Go Kings! Finish off the Slackhawks tonight.

Posted by bigfrog on 05/30/14 at 04:11 PM ET

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