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Keith not discouraged as Hawks head home

Saturday, 06.05.2010 / 12:43 AM / 2010 Stanley Cup Final - Blackhawks vs. Flyers

By Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

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Keith not discouraged as Hawks head home
Duncan Keith says the Blackhawks must play more disciplined, but the defenseman isn't down on his team.
PHILADELPHIA -- Duncan Keith logged 30:41 of ice time and had three assists on Friday night, but it wasn't enough as the Chicago Blackhawks fell 5-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The series shifts back to Chicago for a pivotal Game 5 on Sunday night with the best-of-seven series tied 2-2. After the game, Keith stood in front of his locker at Wachovia Center and discussed the loss.
Q: Were you disciplined as you wanted to be tonight?
Keith:  That's something we got to be better about. I know we talked about it, but there's no denying it. We can be better at it.
Q: What's been the problem with moving the puck out of your own zone?
Keith:  I think it comes down to getting back for pucks quick and defensemen making a quick read and having support there for our winger. I think we can do better at that.
Q: Do you feel like there was a lot of luck going against you tonight?
Keith:  I don't know. You can talk about that, but I don't look at it like that. I'm always a believer that you work for your bounces, you work for your luck. We've got to find another level and get going.
Q: Is there another level the team needs to find?
I think it's just a matter of being composed. That's the biggest thing. We took some penalties again, and that has to stop.
Q: When you play the regular season to get home ice, is this exactly the time it matters most?
Keith:  This has been a great series. It's been a battle and it's been a lot of fun. We tried all year to get home ice, and now let's use that to our advantage.
Q: Does the late charge help your team's mindset going into the next game?
Keith:  I think so. We got some goals off some things we've been talking about. Getting pucks at the net, getting to the net, getting some rebounds. It was nice to get one on the power play.
Q: Twice in two games, the Flyers have responded very quickly to goals. Is that just a lack of focus?
Keith:  I don't know what it is. We just have to be better after goals like that.
Q: What did you think of your team's overall performance tonight?
Keith:  I don't think it was that bad. There's no question we can be better. We got a power-play goal. Just a couple of breakdowns there (in the first period) and they were able to get the lead to 3-1. And they're good defensively once they get the lead.
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