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Duncan Keith on Wild series: ‘We never thought it would be easy’

May 5, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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Outsiders might wonder if the Chicago Blackhawks have been taking the eighth-seed Minnesota seriously in their first-round series, but Duncan Keith told’s Tracey Myers that they’re not taking the Wild lightly.

“We’ve always had the mindset it would be a tough series,” Keith said. “We never thought it would be easy.”

Head coach Joel Quenneville noted a serious difference in urgency between the two teams.

“They definitely outplayed us,” Quenneville said. “They played like they had to win and we didn’t.”

Keith, 29, made similar comments about desire to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus.

“They were obviously the hungrier team and we know we need to be better,” Keith said. “They deserved to win.”

Perhaps the threat of a long quarterfinals series might snap the ‘Hawks out of their slight lull, then.

  1. comeonnowguys - May 5, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Keith added, “Now where are the broads with the great gams at?”

    • nickh7020 - May 6, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Which man does not think that.

      • comeonnowguys - May 6, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        They’re out there–not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  2. jhuck92 - May 6, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Not worried at all. I had the ‘Hawks in 5 games, anyway

  3. se7enbladez - May 6, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Thank you, they need to lose this game to wake up a little. If they played like crap and won again. It would be detrimental to this team. Loss will be best for the long run. I see hawks coming out flying in game 4. Also the speed of the game is getting to the wild. Looked terribly tired at the end of the game.

    • purpleguy - May 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Wasn’t much speed in game #3 — game #2 maybe, but not #3. And in the last 10 minutes of the 3rd period, the Wild stupidly went into prevent mode, so it was strategy, not fatigue. The Hawks are faster and more skilled, but a team can fly only when it’s given room to do so.

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