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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.”

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