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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

In the midst of the Blackhawks’ current nine-game road trip, during which they lost five consecutive games (dropping seven straight overall), the Tribune sat down with coach Joel Quenneville for a exclusive interview touching on subjects ranging from the team’s recent poor play to the current state of the roster, the pressure to win, his health, the goaltending and individual players.

Do you have the goaltending to win the Cup?

Absolutely. I like our goaltending. (Corey) Crawford last year had a special year. This year, his sophomore year, he hasn’t been as consistent or at that level but he has played some strong games for us. His goaltending hasn’t been the problem.

Ray (Emery), every game he has given us a chance. He has done a good job.

How’s the morale in the room?

Nobody’s happy. Angry sometimes could be the word. Frustrated, disappointed and sometimes quiet. Whether your heads are down or up there has to be some confidence quietly inside us all that we want to be out there and doing the right things. We want to be put in situations where you can excel. We want to encourage offensive plays and doing the right things.

Managing the puck in the right areas is what we want to continue to do. We were going along very confidently at times thinking everything was good. This should definitely get our attention to play the right way, which we have to do.


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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Nobody’s happy. Angry sometimes could be the word. Frustrated, disappointed and sometimes quiet.

Those are all descriptions that, when applied to the Hawks, make me smile. I would have preferred to see them beat the Sharks last night, but even that disappointment had its silver lining (i.e., it was the Hawks’ seventh straight loss).

And just for he record, Coach Q, no one believes you “like” your goaltending (unless it’s on Facebook).

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/11/12 at 09:24 PM ET

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