Hawks know they have a long road ahead
Let's not get too carried away here because the Blackhawks aren't.
Simply because the Hawks avoided being swept on Tuesday doesn't mean they're back in their first-round playoff series against the Canucks. They're still in a deep 3-1 hole with Vancouver having another chance to knock out the defending Stanley Cup champions tonight at Rogers Arena in Game 5.
Even the Hawks don't consider themselves back in the series just yet.
"Not really," defenseman Brian Campbell said Wednesday. "We have to win the next one then we'll feel a lot stronger about ourselves. Then you can bring it back home, but we still have a lot left to do to try and get back in the series."
The enormity of the challenge the Hawks still face to win the series isn't lost on them, but they refuse to look at the big picture of having to beat the Canucks three more times.
"It's such a hard thing to come back from 3-0 down," Campbell said. "We just have to go out there and play hockey and get back to kind of our roots of the way our team can play.
"We know we can play with this team. It's nice to prove it for one game, but we have to keep on doing it."
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't rule out having Brent Seabrook back on the ice for Game 5. Seabrook sat out Tuesday's win with what were believed to be concussion-like symptoms from the head shot he took from Raffi Torres in Game 3.
"He's coming on the trip and there's a possibility that he could play," Quenneville said.
If Seabrook can't play, Quenneville would have no problem going back to John Scott on defense. Quenneville felt Scott was a factor physically and defensively in Tuesday's win.
"A lot of people rolled their eyes when we announced he was likely on the back end, but at the same time we played five big games down the stretch with John Scott on the back end," Quenneville said. "He played meaningful minutes in those games. He settled things down he played well defensively and he has a purpose to his game. He's not just a one-dimensional player."
Scott attempted to confront Torres for the hit on Seabrook once the Hawks had the game under control, but both players were sent off the ice with misconducts late in the third period for jawing with each other before anything could happen.
"I think he said he wanted to beat me up and I said, 'Good for you,'" Torres said.
"I asked him how his family is, how he's doing," Scott said. "He said it was good. Got 10 minutes just for having a nice conversation."
The Hawks still believe the pressure is on the favored Canucks to close them out.
"There's still really no pressure on us," Patrick Kane said. "They're the ones in the position with a lot of pressure on them going back home."
Said Scott: "We have nothing to lose -- just go out and have fun and lay it all out there. Throw it all on the table and whatever happens, happens."
That's the approach that worked for the Hawks in Game 4.
"The message we were sending to each other after Game 3 was that we wanted to play for our pride and for our fans and for the organization that treats us so well," Patrick Sharp said. "Our backs are against the wall and we're not happy about it, but we put ourselves in that situation.
"The odds are definitely stacked against us, but we're playing loose, we're playing to have fun out there and we're playing for each other."
Added Quenneville: "You're down in (this) spot and you can measure your team. Are they going to go away quietly, or are they going to come and play and compete for one another?
"They showed they battled for one another and it was a good first step."