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by Paul on 05/13/13 at 01:51 PM ET
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
''It's a new season. We're starting even and clean,'' coach Joel Quenneville said. ''I think we have to look at it one day at a time and one game at a time. You look at all the games this year, discounting the [7-1] game, every game was a close game and a tight game where anything could have happened.
''We were fortunate in the one game to tie it up late [on Kane's goal]. Probably the best game and the most exciting game we had all year was the one in Detroit ... which was an amazing game. But we expect that kind of pace.''
The playoff matchup against the rival Red Wings will bring plenty of emotion from both team's fans. And while the Hawks respect the firepower and history of the team that set the standard for excellence in the NHL, they still feel as the best team in hockey in the regular season that they control their own destiny.
''When we played Detroit and the teams in our division the intensity is right in place and the motivation's in place,'' Quenneville said, ''whether it's the tradition, the animosity, from the fans all the way to the players. It's a special history there. We want to make sure we take care of our own business. [Detroit is] a strong hockey team that plays with a purpose. We're going to have to be at our best. But let's welcome it and look forward to it.''
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