The Blackhawks touched down in the Windy City on Friday afternoon, a day after downing Vancouver 5-0 in Game 5, to reduced Vancouver's lead to 3-2. They offered up a few players and head coach Joel Quenneville to the media. Here were some of the topics covered and commentary: -- Quenneville was cagey about the status of defenceman Brent Seabrook, who's missed two game after a shoulder to head hit by Raffi Torres in Game 3. The coach said Seabrook is still day to day, but could skate on Saturday. -- Hawks captain Jonathan Toews, asked what's been the difference in execution for his team in the last two games (where they've outscored the Canucks 12-2). "We've stepped up our own physical play and been more aggressive," he said. "Most of all, we're not afraid to go and get pucks. I think maybe we were tentative those first couple of games." Toews agreed the scoring binge has done wonders for the Hawks' self-esteem: "Scoring the amount of goals we have in the last two games gives you a little bit of swagger and a little bit of confidence, but we don't want that to make us over-confident going into the next one so we'll use that to our advantage. We know they're still a heck of a team." -- Toews also said he's feeling the most positive about his team he has all season, a season in which the Stanley Cup champs nearly missed the playoffs.
Key for Hawks is winning puck battles: Toews
Vancouver Province | Apr 23