Hawk veterans tried to calm the kids
BOSTON – The Blackhawks did Sunday night just what they did in Philadelphia four years ago and had the veterans tell the kids stories about what it was like to play for the Stanley Cup.
It worked again as the Hawks beat the Bruins 3-2 on Monday in Game 6 to win their second Stanley Cup in four years.
Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw were all ears listening to the veterans speak.
“Some of the guys who have been through it told us stories about what it was like, how to deal with it, and it helped out a lot,” Saad said. “There was a lot said, but basically stay calm and treat it like any other game. It’s easy to think about the end result but you can’t do that. You’ve got to enjoy the process.”
It was the biggest moment of Shaw’s career.
“There were some great words said and was a huge motivation," Shaw said. "When we ended it everyone was excited and ready to play."
There are eight Hawks remaining off the 2010 Stanley Cup team.
“I think it's very beneficial,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Sunday’s team chat. “We look back, back in 2010, we were in the same situation. Johnny Madden had been there and (Marian) Hossa had been there, and it was nice listening to those guys that had been in that situation.
“I think it prepares the guys with the right frame of mind. You want to make sure you have confidence going into the game. Let's make sure there's a purpose with it. But at the end of the day, we all dream about this challenge and this opportunity."
While Jonathan Toews played for Hawks and had a goal and key assist, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was a game-time decision.
Bergeron played, but after the game it was revealed he had suffered a separated shoulder and torn rib cartilage in Game 5.
Toews scored the Hawks' first goal to make it 1-1. He then set up Bryan Bickell's goal with 1:16 to play in regulation that tied it 2-2.
Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds later in one of the most stunning finishes to a Stanley Cup Final ever.