'Hawks not conceding anything to Canucks

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 AM ET

VANCOUVER - The Chicago Blackhawks made it to the playoffs like Perdita Felicien made it to the first hurdle.

They admit that... but they don't apologize for it.

In is in, and they're not conceding anything to a team 20 points ahead of them in the standings.

"There's no working for 82 games just to make it to the playoffs and we'll be happy with that," said captain Jonathan Toews. "We want to win this series."

While the weight of the world -- west of Montreal, anyway -- is on Vancouver's shoulders, the Hawks are actually breathing easier this morning.

"Everyone expects certain teams to make it through the first round, like Vancouver, Detroit ... there's always going to be more pressure on those teams," said Toews. "Us? We feel it's a blessing to get into the playoffs, to get the break that we did on the last day of the regular season. There something about that that's going to keep us loose. We're fresh and rejuvenated and ready to go."

Having won the last two series, Chicago might still have the key to Vancouver's kitchen.

"This is a new year, new challenge, a lot of new faces in both locker rooms," said Patrick Kane. "But you always hope you have the mental edge, that in the back of their minds what happened the past couple of years wasn't a fluke and it could happen again."


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