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Championship teams ‘embrace’ adversity

Jun 16, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup Final, yet both clubs faced their own separate demise in these playoffs.

The Bruins trailed the Toronto Maple Leafs by three goals in Game 7 of the first round, and the Blackhawks were down 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings in the second round.

Yet, here they are, in what has become a best-of-five final, with the series tied 1-1 following the Bruins overtime victory on Saturday.

In fact, this series has been a testament to the difficulties of playoff hockey, and the perseverance needed to win. Both games have needed overtime to determine a winner, with the first game going three extra periods.

“Well, I think the championship teams, usually when there is adversity, they embrace it, they have fun with it. They’re just
looking for the challenge,” Blackkhawks forward Michal Handzus told reporters.

“I think you need that. It’s a long road to win the Stanley Cup. It’s ¬†four ¬†games. You get a lot of adversity, tough moments. You have to have fun with it, look at it as a challenge.

“I think that’s what you need to go forward.”

  1. blomfeld - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Do “championship teams embrace adversity” ?

    Well the short answer to that would be ‘of course’ they do … and you needn’t look no further than the current reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings for proof ‘positive’ of that ! Last year we LA Kings faced ‘scorn and ridicule’ from virtually every corner, from virtually every human rodent out there. Yet never for a moment did we ever allow that ‘revolting’ negativity to deter us from our glorious enterprise, not even for a second ! No sir ! Instead we Kings channeled our ardent energies to doing that which is ‘right’ and we subsequently smashed the bullies ‘square in the teeth’ with ferocity and aplomb ! This year will now see us Kings ‘stand down’ from the position of greatest team in the world. But as God is my witness, next year we’re going to be on the march again and positively ‘nothing’ is going to stand in our way !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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