Blackhawk players talk about game four and the keys to filling the net on Boston starting with the big hit on Chara early that seemed to set the tone. Chara was minus three on the night and is critical to Boston’s defense as much as Rask is in net.
Kane commenting on the physicality on Chara early on, “Yeah, he’s a big body, and not really a guy that many players on our team can probably engage physically, but
Bickell is one of them. We’ve seen it throughout the playoffs where he’s had big hits and has created momentum for our team. I think any time you can get a chance to lay the body on him, it’s big for the team and can spark us and get us going. Bickell has done that all playoffs.”
Bickell’s take on Chara and what he can do to neutralize his defensive presence, “Beyond physical, it’s important for me to open the ice up for my line mates. He doesn’t like getting hit. Not a lot of guys attempt it, but to get a hit on him and to see him fall down,
it’s rare, but I just needed to keep it going.”
Kane on where he see the series going after the huge goal explosion on both sides in game four, “Yeah, I don’t really know. I guess it’s good for the fans to keep them guessing for what’s next. But we feel we’re in a good position. It’s a best of
three series, two of them in our building. It’s been one of those series that’s been pretty bizarre so far as overtimes. Every game has been close, obviously, so we’ll see what happens next.”
Seabrook on the overtime winner and the series in general, “ I was just, I guess, the lucky one to have it going off my stick. But this team has battled all year. We had a great
regular season, and we’ve been playing well in the playoffs. It’s just nice to get that one last night and even up the series. I thought going into the game there was a lot of talk about 2-2 or 3-1, so it was huge for our group to even up the series and get back to Chicago with the series tied.”
Kane on the team reaction after the goal went in, “It was a huge feeling. I think everyone was really excited after the game. It’s probably the most excited I’ve seen us after a win maybe this whole season. It was nice to get us back in the series.”
Bickell on his role the rest of the way, “I need to be physical, give them open ice, give them time, get in front. I think the first three games we were pretty easy on Rask to let him see the puck. For second and third opportunities the other night, Jonathan and me were in there mixing it up, and Kane is dishing and shooting and doing his outside work. But to see those guys score, I know it sparks the bench and definitely the team.”
We will see if Chicago can keep the excitement going in game five against a Boston team that is determined to have a better start. So far, home ice has not proven to be an advantage in the series.