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Hawks need heavy traffic to have a chance vs. Quick

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Jonathan Quick.jpgAs it turns out, the key to beating Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick are the same as beating any other goalie in hockey -- traffic in front of the net.

That's easier said than done in hockey, for some reason, and especially against the rough-and-tough Kings. But it's not impossible.

''You like to get early position there and you want to make sure that when you get there hopefully you can keep [Quick] from going out as far [in front of the net] as he gets out there,'' coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday morning.

''They do box out. Detroit did a lot of that to us as well. Finding your way through there -- there's got to be a willingness to fight through that traffic and physicality. We can't be deterred by it at all. Getting in front of him is going to be key.''

Hawks center Dave Bolland didn't have a big impact in the Detroit series -- his first of the playoffs since recovering from a groin injury -- until the final play of Game 7 when his check on Gustav Nyquist ultimately led to Brent Seabrook's series-winning goal. He knows the Hawks will be challenged to battle for position in front of Quick.

''They're a tough team to play. They play a hard-checking game,'' Bolland said. ''A guy like [Darryl] Sutter behind the bench, I don't think it's going to be an easy game. They check hard. They play hard. Everything they do is hard. They're a hard team to play against. We've got to be ready for this.''


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Mark Lazerus was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for three straight years at the Post-Tribune, was named one of the top three columnists in Indiana for three straight years and has won more than 20 statewide writing awards. He has covered Notre Dame for Sun-Times Media, and now covers the Blackhawks.

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