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Deep Blackhawks show they can win even when biggest stars held in check

Friday, 06.14.2013 / 5:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Deep Blackhawks show they can win even when biggest stars held in check

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks would love to get big contributions from Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and Patrick Kane in the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins.

But depth pays off.

The Blackhawks are now three wins from their second championship in four years after taking a 4-3 triple-overtime thriller from the Bruins in Game 1. It didn't matter that their biggest stars were largely quiet. They got enough contributions from their secondary players to escape with a win.

Centre Michal Handzus says it's "been the depth that drives this team."

Game 2 is Saturday night in Chicago.

Quote of the Day

I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh