It was business as usual at Johnny’s IceHouse West on Thursday.

Twelve hours prior, the Chicago Blackhawks claimed the No. 1 seed in the West, Columbus’ victory over the Anaheim Ducks assuring it. But there was no big celebration over it, no “look what we did” moment, other than a quiet understanding.

“It’s a good feeling on our team; we feel good about accomplishing that,” Patrick Sharp said. “But as you guys know, we’re playing for much bigger things.”


The Blackhawks like getting the No. 1 seed; don’t get them wrong. After two seasons starting the playoffs on the road, and in distant locations, home ice throughout the playoffs is a beautiful thing. But that’s all they’ve secured at this point. And the Blackhawks know that.

“We’re still moving forward,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We’re in a pretty good spot there. We were hopeful (grabbing No. 1) would be achieved, whether it was us doing it or someone else (helping). But we still want to keep moving forward, whether we’re looking at Pittsburgh or still looking at how we play.”