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BOSTON - The Blackhawks believe they will have Jonathan Toews on Monday night when they try to win the Stanley Cup at TD Garden.
Toews missed the entire third period of Game 5 on Saturday after taking a check from Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk around the head.
Bruins coach Claude Julien didn't sound as hopeful about center Patrice Bergeron, who suffered an undisclosed injury early in Game 5 and spent time in the hospital for observation.
"I think you look at the situation we're in, we're this close to reaching our goal," Hawks winger Patrick Sharp said. "Obviously, we want Johnny to play, but if he's not, we have to find a way to get it done either way."
If you're the Hawks it's hard not to think about winning the Cup for the second time in four years.
"It's a similar feeling (as 2010 against Philadelphia) , especially having the series tied 2-2, taking Game 5 at home and coming on the road for Game 6," Sharp said. "You've got to be careful, though. You've seen a couple years ago Boston was down 3-2, they won at home and then won Game 7 in Vancouver. We know this team is capable of coming back."
The Hawks don't care where they win the Cup, they just want to get it.
"I think looking back to 2010, we were just satisfied being in that position," said Patrick Kane, whose 2 goals on Saturday put the Hawks in this position to clinch. "I don't think we really cared if it was in any building in the league, or our own building. It was something that was all new to us. We were kind of living and dying on every play.
"It's a heck of an opportunity we have (Monday) night. You've got to look at the team we're playing against. They've been in much worse situations than this and have been able to rally back and fight for their lives. To think that we're looking ahead and planning on winning another Stanley Cup, that couldn't be further from the truth. We know what kind of challenge we have."
"We all know it's going to be the toughest game of the year, maybe in my whole career so far," Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "It's going to take a lot for us to get away with a win here."
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville will talk to his players before the game to remind them what's at stake and how much work has gone into getting to this point.
"The process of getting this far, it makes it all worthwhile along the way," Quenneville said. "There's some highs, there's some lows, there's some excitement, there's some great days, there's some tough days, and the one thing you don't want to get ahead of yourself in the process.
"We've got some guys that have been there. They know the experience. They know the thinking going into a day like (Sunday) and going into (Monday) as well. We'll visit with that as a team. There are some guys that they're so excited. You dream about this moment. But at the same time we've got to keep everything in perspective. We want to make sure that we're confident playing the game and putting yourself in the now position as opposed to ahead of yourself."