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One Game At A Time For The Blackhawks

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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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I do not like the reseeding. We should be playing the Blackhawks, but in the conference finals.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/13/13 at 03:24 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

CaptainD even if it was done bracket style, we’d still be playing Chicago in the second round.

Chi————- Chi





Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/13/13 at 06:05 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Actually, if it was bracket style, the #2-7 matchup winner plays the #3-6 winner, so it would be San Jose vs. Detroit and the Kings vs. Chicago for the #1-8 vs. #4-5 winner. If everyone wins as higher seeds in the traditional bracket, it’s #1 vs. 4, #2 vs. 3. What the bracket would have produced is #6 vs. 7 and #1 vs. 5. What we got with reseeding is #1 vs. 7 and #5 vs. 6.

Posted by Bugsy on 05/13/13 at 06:09 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

isn’t that only if the first series were bracketed 1vs2, 3vs4, 5vs6, and 7vs8?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/13/13 at 07:10 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

this is how a bracket would look for the West, isn’t it?


Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/13/13 at 07:46 PM ET

bleep bloop's avatar
1-8  |
3-6  |  1-6
2-7  |  5-7

Posted by bleep bloop on 05/13/13 at 08:44 PM ET


No offense guys, the only one here not completely clueless is Bugsy. 1,4,5,8 are one half of a bracket, 2,3,6&7 are ALWAYS the other half. It gives the 1 seed the most probable easy route.

Have ANY of you ever even seen seeding for March Madness? It’s always 1 plays 16, then the winner of 8vs 9… 1 gets the easiest route to a final game.

Posted by teldar on 05/13/13 at 09:13 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

This is an effort to reward teams for being the best in the regular season. 

We were all in favor of this when we were #1 in the regular season, let’s not change tunes now.

Posted by RWBill on 05/14/13 at 07:38 PM ET

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