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Chicago And Detroit Ready For Game 4

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Toews was indeed smiling, and most of the Hawks seemed to be in a rather good mood after an unusually focused morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. If the pressure's mounting, they weren't showing it.

"Our group's been fine. We're definitely disappointed, we haven't been in this position all year. We've quietly gone about our business and [they've] gotten our attention over the last couple of games. The focus has got to be in the right place. We want to play our best game of the year tonight, and we're going to need it."

After a disastrous Game 2, the Hawks felt they played a strong game in Game 3, particularly in the third period. The way they see it, if a break or two had gone their way, they'd be the team up 2-1 in the series. Of course, they're not. And the fact that one of their better efforts wasn't good enough to beat the surging Red Wings might not have damaged the Hawks' confidence, but it certainly boosted Detroit's.

"It shows that we have a lot of confidence and we're playing close to our best hockey right now, and that's what we want to keep doing," said defenseman Brendan Smith. "I think we've still got to work on a few things. I don't think we've played a full 60 minutes and that's something we're going to need to do tonight, because we all know Chicago's going to come out blazing. It's such an important game. Seems like every game gets more important -- it's unbelievable how that works. They're going to up their ante and we're going to have to do the same."

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Sweet Jesus's avatar

Good to hear the ‘Hawks are a happy group, not angry any more.  I give that about 10 minutes.

Posted by Sweet Jesus on 05/23/13 at 01:41 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Toews said with his team trailing the Red Wings 2-1 in the series. “So we’re not running into anything that we didn’t expect. ...

Well, that’s a load of crap. If they had “expected” to be man-handled and played as “tight” as they’ve been by the Wings, they wouldn’t have melted down into such a bunch of whining babies after just two games.

...we’re going to go out there and do a job and keep fighting the way we have.

That’s the best news possible for the Wings. If they keep “fighting” through the tough spots the way they have, they’ll be on the golf course no later than a week from today. But at least they’ll end their season “smiling and having fun.” That’ll be a great memory for them to hold on to.

...we’re an amazing, amazing bunch of crybabies.

There. Fixed that for you (c)aptain Jonny.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/23/13 at 02:19 PM ET


Wow, never thought i would see the day J. Toews is attacked of being a cry-baby more than Sid. 

I hate the Red Wings but love to root for the underdog so as much as it pains me, go Detroit.  Also go Pens

Posted by tbassett on 05/23/13 at 02:38 PM ET

Sweet Jesus's avatar

Toews is aiming for Crosby status, tbass.  Must be he picked up some tips when they played together in 2010.

Posted by Sweet Jesus on 05/23/13 at 03:26 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I’m sure this new-found peace-of-mind and calmness the Hawks have found will last a very long time, until Toes throws a fit on the bench because Zetterberg told him to get his fuchin’ shinebox and Queenville promises Crawford he’ll go all Michael Vick on Corey’s dog if he doesn’t start controlling rebounds better.

The calmness disappears by the ten-minute mark by the first period.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/23/13 at 05:41 PM ET

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