CHICAGO – Desperate times call for desperate measures.
And that’s just what the Chicago Blackhawks are at in their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series with the Detroit Red Wings.
From the looks of things, Chicago will load up its top line by reuniting Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, skating alongside Patrick Sharp.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t confirm if that indeed what was happening, but Kane talked as if it was.
“It’s exciting (playing with Toews),” Kane said. “We played a couple of years ago together a lot and we were hot, scoring a lot of goals. You want to think about scoring chances and creating things.
“Everyone is frustrated a little bit right now,” Kane added. “We just have to forget what happened in the past and try and play a hockey game and try and play it one game at a time. It’s easy to say, but just worry about one game.”
The Wings can knock out the Presidents’ Trophy winning Blackhawks from the postseason with a win tonight in Game 5 at the United Center.
“There’s still a lot of belief in this room,” Kane said. “It’s easy to say you can go on a three-game winning streak, but that’s not something we’re looking at right now. We’re looking at one game at a time. We have a great opportunity at home where we have been good all year to win a game and that’s all we have to worry about is Game 5 and try and get ourselves back in the series. It’s going to be a tough task, they’re playing very well right now.”
After dropping the first game in the series, the Wings have won three straight and have outscored Chicago 9-2 in the process.
“It’s a huge game,” Kane said. “At home, hopefully the crowd will be behind us and we can use that to our advantage. I think this is a game where you just want to play hockey and worry about doing the things you need to do to win one game. As far as being a big game player I think all of us want to be that guy and prove that we can so there should be no reason for one guy steps up tonight and does that.”
Kane has scored each of the Blackhawks’ goals in each of the last two games.
“I would be nice to play with the lead, we haven’t done that the last couple of games,” Kane said. “It would be nice to do that. Maybe get in (Jimmy) Howard’s head at least a little bit, he’s playing great right now, but they’ve gotten some big breaks as far as hitting posts, but he’s made some great saves for them too. We want to control the tempo of the game and get that first one.”
If there is a Game 6, it will be Monday at 8 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena.