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Blackhawks downplay regular season success vs Red Wings

May 13, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks swept their regular season series against the Detroit Red Wings — but they don’t want to read too much into that going into second round.

Part of the reason for that is because most of Chicago’s games against Detroit were decided by razor thin margins. Three of the four contests went to overtime.

“It’s going to be a tough series,” Marian Hossa told CSN Chicago. “We had their number during the regular season but they were all tight games. They’re playing extremely well from what I saw of their games against Anaheim. We’re going to need to elevate our game.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville agrees with Hossa and added that this playoff series will give both teams a clean slate.

“(Detroit) had a great stretch to get into the playoffs. They had to make some hay to get in there and they did it,” Quenneville said. “Their top guys are special. The tradition, they know how to win and they find ways to bring the best out of our team. But we’re worried about how we have to approach it, so let’s make sure we’re at our best.”

The series will start in Chicago on Wednesday.


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  1. bensawesomeness - May 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Either way : a very fitting end to a very old rivalry

    well, not ‘end’ but you guys get what i mean

  2. thehighcountrybear - May 14, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Wisdom from the Hawks’ camp…smart to temper enthusiasm after playing a damaged Wild side! Joel’s no fool…

    Not so some of his supporters in these pages, relying on statistics from beating on a Wild team going backward? Empty houses and empty dreams from those who can count themselves among the foolish ferret-faced minions of Chicago’s greater unwashed…

    Red Wings were not going backward through the close of the regular irregular season…the Detroit bunch coming to Chicago on wednesday are not the Wings Hawks managed to beat in OT and shootouts off bounces breaks and plain old luck!

    Me, I’d prefer the psychology Babcock has at hand in that very fact; Quenneville had better have his thinking cap well perched if he expects to prevail! What was it Boudreau said? Right, ‘…after coaching against Babcock, I’m left with a headache every time…’

    Class will out when class is in…time for a schooling! Breakout the aspirin, game on…

    • hammerhead5573 - May 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Hey idiot please show up when the Hawks win. Until then, stop overstating your importance to anything posted about them. What was it Babcock said about the Hawks? Right…….. “In a competitive league, they’re not making it competitive”. Now go back to your blow up doll and do whatever it is you do with it.

  3. pone27 - May 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    I enjoy your poetry type posting, but the problem is your knowledge on the game, and your ability to troll are lackluster at best.

    To help you, you quote Boudreau in regards to acknowledging Babcock as a great coach, but you do realize Boudreau has had a headache against every coach he faces in the playoffs because he can’t win a series.

    I won’t predict the final amount of games this series will be, for I believe in jixing, but I will say we will once again see the Hawks beat a team who has a solid goaltender, but also too young, inexperienced D, and an overwhelming slow, old group of forwards….. Time for schooling!

    • hammerhead5573 - May 14, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      This will likely be a 7 game series as they both know each other very well. In the end, I believe the Hawks will outdo the Wings as a result of their defense. With that said each of these teams are extremely talented and deserve to be in the 2nd round.

    • clefty1 - May 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Yeah Bert is old but the Wings have some speed with the 3rd line (whom are rookies) and they still have Pav and Z, maybe you missed it but the Wings have gotten younger overall..

  4. clefty1 - May 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    The Wings are a different team through the last week of the season and the first round of the playoffs though their defense can make things a little to interesting but they are playing with more young players in the lineup and they are continuing to grow and learn. Filppula and Franzen are going to have to do a bit more for the Wings if they want to advance. It is a fitting way for the 2 rivals to part ways as the Wings move east next season.

  5. dt58 - May 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I’m really looking forward to this series. It should be great hockey. The thing I’m not looking for to is all the crap that comes from CuntryBear and his ridiculously long posts that make no sense. According to him, Hawks should’ve lost every game

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