Chicago Blackhawks: Why Are They Great At Closing Time

By Keith Schultz
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Jun 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach

Joel Quenneville

at a press conference after game five of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

1. The Coaches Will

I’m not the biggest Joel Quenneville fan because during the regular season he doesn’t give young players the chance to cut their teeth and learn how to play the game.  To make it with this bunch you have to play 200 feet with 100% dedication to defense which during the regular season is a tough task to ask some offensive minded young players coming to the NHL.

The one thing you can never complain about Coach Q is the will to win that he instills in his team which you can say goes back to regular season games in December when he’s double shifting his stars to pick up 2 points.

When it comes to the playoffs the Chicago Blackhawks will give you some games early in the series, but they will out work you and out will you when the series comes to a close more times than not.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have been the better team early in the series and even in Game #4 looked better but the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to win the game, but in Game #5 the Chicago Blackhawks looked like the best team on Tampa’s home rink and a lot of that goes to the will to win from the Coach.

Joel Quenneville has done some funky things with his lineup and lines during this postseason, some failed some succeeded but since taking over for Denis Savard at the very beginning of the 2008-2009 season he has taught this team that winning above all else is the only thing and that will to win comes out at the tale end of every series.

The series isn’t over, Tampa is a very good team, but the Chicago Blackhawks are closers and will do everything in their power to finish the task on Monday night!

Why do you think this team is great at closing time?

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