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Keith: Cup wouldn’t be worth winning without adversity

May 27, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

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For the second time in as many years, Chicago is down 3-1 in a playoff series. In 2013 it was against the Detroit Red Wings in the second round and the Blackhawks still ended up winning the Stanley Cup. This time it’s the Los Angeles Kings standing in their way, but they’re hoping the result will be the same.

“Why can’t we do it again?” Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane asked, per LA Kings Insider. “It’s tough in the position we’re in now. But at the same time, we still feel good about our team in here and we all know that we’ve done it before.

“We have to have that confidence of trying to win the next game and see what happens.”

Kane gave the Kings credit for pushing them this far, but he still has faith in his teammates and he’s not alone.

“We’re a good team,” defenseman Duncan Keith said. “It’s just we have to find a way when we get that lead to keep that lead and just go from there. … It’s not easy, but it wouldn’t be worth winning the Stanley Cup without going through adversity.

“I don’t think any team that gets this far or ends up winning it, goes through a playoff without having to deal with adversity. This is our chance to do it.”

Los Angeles has already proved itself in that regard, overcoming 3-0 and 3-2 series deficits against the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks respectively. Chicago has been challenged in the 2014 postseason too, but this is the first time that the Blackhawks have been pushed to the brink of elimination.

One key for Chicago will be to get more out of Kane, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp, who have combined for just one goal in this series. As deep as the Blackhawks are, it’s hard to see them rebounding without that trio breaking out.

  1. comeonnowguys - May 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    This is a team that has come back from deficits like this before.

    I don’t think they have anything left in the tank.

    • puckoff70 - May 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      They have plenty in their tank, kings are just a better team.

      • comeonnowguys - May 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        We have very different definitions of the word “plenty.”

  2. joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Hawks might have a chance against any other team than the Kings who have orchestrated comebacks to overcome deficits of 0-3 and 2-3. Count them. They’ve won 6 elimination games already. Six! The Kings are a menacing hockey machine. Hawks can’t use fatigue as an excuse because no team has had to dig deeper than the Kings.

    Here’s a number the Hawks will need soon 1-800-Tee-Time.

    • no - May 27, 2014 at 10:31 AM


    • blomfeld - May 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      there’s actually better deals to be had @ ! :)

    • valoisvipers - May 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Well said Joey and the truth be told I am super glad to see the Kings with their quiet and professional mannerisms sticking it to those punk ass pukes that currently wear a once proud Blackhawk jersey.

      • slysipops - May 27, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        looks like another new name on the site! MOM let you out of the basement again ? don’t be angry…just color her some new pictures for the ice box with your crayons and coloring books !

  3. sprtsfan1 - May 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Hawks aren’t dead yet. The odds are not in their favor considering what the Kings have gone through so far in these playoffs, but the Hawks are the last team I would be counting out even at this point. Back to the Madhouse now. Pretty tough place to play anytime let alone when the Hawks are facing elimination. I still believe. Go Hawks!!!!

  4. dontbsuchapuss - May 27, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    If it wasn’t for gaborik they wouldn’t even be at this point he has consistently been the best player for them. Guess he wants a pay raise instead of sitting on the ir.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM


  5. tved12 - May 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    So Duncan Keith wants me to believe it’s not worth winning the cup if you sweep all 4 series? I smell BS here.

  6. blomfeld - May 27, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    “Why can’t we do it again?” … Patrick Kane

    With all kidding aside friends, Kane is indeed correct with his assertion that a comeback is still possible and therefore tomorrow night’s game is ‘critical’ for us Kings. Because if we were to lose that one God forbid, then make no mistake about it, the Hawks will morph ‘instantly’ into a horde of ‘crazed & demented’ rats who’ve just discovered a possible escape route off their sinking ship ! Just the thought of that is ‘upsetting’ and almost too much to bear and so it will behoove us Kings to ‘run them through’ with our bayonets ‘now’ without any further ado !

    GO 70’S LINE !!! … GO LA KINGS !!! … FINISH THE ‘JOB’ TOMORROW !!!!!!!! :)

  7. lunchboxray - May 27, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    There’s only 2 teams IMO that could pull off a comeback this big and they happen to be playing against eachother

  8. slysipops - May 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    i can’t at all blame you KING fans for being cocky or bold ………..why not your team has made the BLACKHAWKS look like the keystone cops trying to do a ballet ! BUT, it is sure a sign of your courage or backbones, if you will, as to how many post we now see ! where were you all hiding in previous series when your team was on the brink ,or even close to being eliminated ? also a lot of new names here recently. did a bulldozer or tornado flip over some rocks or something ? i guess that is a question you wouldn’t want to honestly answer…at least not in public……. but when you get to your hiding places …ask yourself !

    • patthehockeyfan - May 27, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      dontbesuchapuss #2

      • slysipops - May 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        the guys i am talking about know who they are BLOMS ! never mind @pat , you know i am speaking the truth! that plus the only whining me and some of the other HAWK fans have done is about the BLACKHAWKS and their lousy excuse for playing in this round !

    • blomfeld - May 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Sly … I’ve been here the whole time through ‘thick and thin’ my friend … for example, the following is some testimony which I offered in the wake of our 0-2 deficit to the Ducks …


      blomfeld – May 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      RIGHT WHERE WE WANT ‘EM !!! :)

      Talk about setting up another bunch of fools for this biggest shock of their lives eh ? Dare we say … “come hither my little Duckie (Sharkie) friend” ? You just gotta love it man ! :)


      ps: Barkar, so you’re like a ‘tough’ guy eh ? … well that’s good, real good in fact … because you people are gonna look awfully stupid if you don’t close this thing out now eh ? :)

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