Stanley Cup Finals: Seabrook, Kane, Bickell 6/20/13
Q. Bryan, this is for you. We talked to Patrick and Jonathan about
that line last night, and just your thoughts on how good did you all feel
together back in that line?
BRYAN BICKELL: I felt good. We had some success in the
LA series putting us three together. I felt we had a good first, but we
didn't vary when we had our opportunities. But we stuck with it, and we
got a couple goals, and it was nice.
Q. Patrick and Brent, can you guys maybe address early in the game,
Bryan got a pretty good shot in on Chara. He was down on the ice. Just
that physicality early in the game against Chara, when you see him being
played physically like that. And Bryan, just address that shift and
wanting to be physical on him.
PATRICK KANE: Yeah, he's a big body, and not really a
guy that many players on our team can probably engage physically, but
Bickell is one of them. We've seen it throughout the playoffs where he's
had big hits and has created momentum for our team. I think any time you
can get a chance to lay the body on him, one of our bigger guys, it's big
for the team and can spark us and get us going.
Bickell has done that all playoffs.
BRENT SEABROOK: Kane nailed it.
BRYAN BICKELL: Beyond physical, just it's important for
me to open the ice up for my line mates. He doesn't like getting hit. Not
a lot of guys attempt it, but to get a hit on him and to see him fall down,
it's rare, but I just needed to keep it going.
Q. Pat, you've seen these games have been 2-0, 2-1 and then 6-5.
You've got Game 5 coming up. Where does it go from here? Can you have a
sense of where this series can go after a 6-5 game?
PATRICK KANE: Yeah, I don't really know. I guess it's
good for the fans to keep watching and keep them guessing for what's next.
But we feel we're in a good position. It's a best of
three series, two of them in our building. It's been one of those series
that's been pretty bizarre so far as far as overtimes. Every game has been
close, obviously some have been low scoring, some have been high scoring,
so we'll see what happens next.
Q. Brent, you scored an overtime winner to keep your team in the
Playoffs. Is there any way to compare the two or if they feel the same?
Patrick or Bryan, what it felt like to see the puck go in and suddenly
you're tied as opposed to down 3-1.
BRENT SEABROOK: you know, they were big goals. I
thought they were big goals for our team as a group. Our team fought so
hard in both games. I was just, I guess, the lucky one to have it going
off my stick.
But this team has battled all year. We had a great
regular season, and we've been playing well in the playoffs. It's just
nice to get that one last night and even up the series. I thought going
into the game there was a lot of talk about 2-2 or 3-1, so it was huge for
our group to even up the series and get back to Chicago with the series
PATRICK KANE: I think for me just watching that play,
after Seabrook’s shot, I kind of saw him turn, I didn't know if he knew it
went in and I just started chasing him.
But it was a huge feeling. I think everyone was really
excited after the game. It's probably the most excited I've seen us after
a win maybe this whole season. It was nice to get us back in the series.
Q. Brent, you seem to have a bit of a history and a bit of a
penchant for scoring these kinds of goals, and I'm just wondering, are you
an ice-in-the-veins kind of guy, or what is it that seems to bring you to
the fore? And I'm wondering, Patrick, if you can talk a little bit about
having a guy like that on your team and what that means.
BRENT SEABROOK: I don't know about that. You know, I've
just been shooting the puck to be completely honest. You get a chance, you
get a lane and you try and put it on net, and they've gone in. I don't
think I've got ice in my veins or anything like that. I'm just playing a
I love overtime. I think it's such a great part of the
game, especially in the playoffs when you play until one team scores. I
think it's such an exciting part and such an exciting part of the game.
I grew up loving it, and just to be able to get
opportunities and play in games like that, they're a lot of fun, and
everything is right on the line. I think I definitely try and raise my
game in overtime and try and be better.
Q. I know Duncan seems to get a lot of the accolades and everything,
but I'm wondering if Brent probably maybe deserves a little bit more.
PATRICK KANE: Yeah, I mean, he's a huge part of our
team, definitely defensive core, and he's had some big goals obviously this
Playoffs. But I think one of the things about our team is our depth.
We've talked about it the whole year where contributions from everyone are
huge for our team's success.
You’ve seen that last night with guys like Kruger
chipping in and Seabrook scoring the overtime winner. We've seen that shot
from Seabrook before on Quick in the LA series, too. It's huge to get
those contributions from anyone.
Q. This is for Brent. I was wondering, was there a point where guys
on the bench were starting to say, like, Hey, we're going to get our space,
we're going to have space tonight, there's room out there? And why do you
think that was the case? Why did you have so much time and space?
BRENT SEABROOK: I don't think anybody was talking about
it on the bench or anything like that. It was something that we wanted to
try and establish early, was playing as a group, playing as a five-man unit
on the ice, tight together, close, moving with speed, moving the puck well.
Our forwards were doing a great job of back checking last They were
unbelievable. They really got the game going for all of us. I don't think
we were talking about anything like that. We were just trying to play and
play our game and play with speed.
Things did open up a little bit, but I thought we did a
good job of opening up and coming back for support, supporting the D. We
were able to hit the forwards with speed. Our forwards are unbelievable at
skating through neutral zone with speed, making little passes,
give-and-goes and things like that, and I thought they created a lot for
Q. You guys wear one of the most famous uniforms in all of sports.
What does it mean to you guys to follow in the footsteps of Bobby Hull and
Stan Mikita, guys who have statues outside this building?
BRYAN BICKELL: You know, growing up to be a Leafs fan,
original six, and then you look at this Hawks jersey, it's a great honor to
represent it. I believe it's the best logo in sports. You know, to have
these guys beside me and then you mention Hull and Mikita and those guys
have a statue out here, it's a great history we have here and it's great to
be a part of it.
PATRICK KANE: Yeah, I think Bickell nailed it. I think
it's one of the best logos in hockey and in all of sports. I think we take
a lot of pride playing here. It's got a lot of great history.
I know growing up for myself playing in Vancouver as a
kid and everybody wanting to have a Canucks jersey, we played on a summer
hockey team when I was nine and we were the Blackhawks. It just goes to
show how many people love the uniform and want to be associated with the
uniform. I think the colors along with the logo are just awesome.
Q. For any or all of you, Corey Crawford has had so few off nights,
he's been so good so consistently. What's his mindset after yesterday and
what makes you think he'll be able to bounce back as he has been?
PATRICK KANE: Yeah, he's been great for us all Playoffs,
all year. A couple tough breaks last night, especially when we had the
lead at 3-1 or 4-2, Boston is going to open up a little bit. I think for
us that we can play better defensively, maybe get in some shooting lanes
and block some of those shots.
But I don't think we're worried about Crow at all. Just
talked to him afterward and he seemed to be in a good state. He just
seemed to be happy we won the game, so I don't worry about his confidence
Q. Brent, at times in the Playoffs already this year we've seen you
go over the blocks and calm Jonathan down when he was kind of losing it a
little bit. He talked last night about you sort of giving him the daily
pep talk leading up to the last few games as he's been in a little bit of a
slump. We don't think of him as a guy that lacks confidence or ever gets
too high or too low. But can you talk about the relationship that you have
and why you've felt that that was a good thing to do?
BRENT SEABROOK: I don't know. To be completely honest,
I was sick and tired of hearing everybody talk about everything that Johnny
is doing right. He's a great player. He's one of the best in the league,
and I just told him that he's got to stop thinking about that, too. He's
got to stop thinking about everything that he's doing right and stop
worrying about not scoring goals.
I mean, he's got to score goals for us. He's a big part
of our team. When he's going, we have a chance to win as well as Kane and
Sharp and Hossa and Bickell, all our forwards have to be going, and I knew
he was going to be playing great.
It wasn't about the little things that he does. It
wasn't about his leadership that he brings. I just thought that maybe he
needed to start thinking about scoring goals.
You know, it was big for him last game. I thought it was
huge to get that goal, and then I think it definitely lifted up the boys
and sort of got him rolling there. So it was good.
Q. Brent, Nick obviously has had his minutes reduced a little bit
and you went through that early in the year. It's obviously tough for a
veteran, but for a young guy, I imagine it's even more difficult. Do you
try to relate or encourage him that maybe we can still use you and keep
your head up throughout this series?
BRENT SEABROOK: Yeah, Nick is a great player. He brings
a lot to the table. You know, that was a coaching move last night that
happened, and Nick is a great kid. You know, he works hard. He battles,
and he's got to keep his head up, like you said, and just keep going.
He's got such a great talent that anything can happen
when he's out there on the ice. He's got great legs, he can shoot the puck
real well, he's got a good hockey sense. I think for Nick, just in talking
with him and a few of the boys, just told him to keep his head up and keep
going, and I think that's the biggest thing for Leddy.
Q. Patrick, to go three games and especially in games 2 and 3, to
play defensive games and then to finally get that goal last night, what's
it like to see the puck get in the net and know that you dented the score
sheet? Does it loosen you up, take a little pressure off? And then for
Bryan, when you get your line mates, Patrick and Jonathan both scoring,
what does it do for the morale and psyche of the team?
PATRICK KANE: Well, first and foremost, it's always
exciting to score goals, especially in the Stanley Cup Final.
So that being said, I think it was a big goal for our
team, especially going up 3-1. You feel like you're in good shape at the
time. Obviously we didn't know what was in store for us the rest of the
game, but it's always good to score.
As an offensive player that's what you want to do and
what you're supposed to do on the ice is produce. You know, our line was
on the ice for three goals that we had yesterday. I thought all of them
were pretty big goals, Toews, myself and obviously Seabrook in overtime, so
it's good to be out there and contribute.
BRYAN BICKELL: Yeah, I need to be physical, give them
open ice, give them time, get in front. I think the first three games we
were pretty easy on Rask to let him see the puck. For second and third
opportunities last night, me and Jonathan were in there mixing it up, and
Kane is dishing and shooting and doing his outside work.
But to see those guys score, I know it sparks the bench
and definitely the team.
Q. Pat, and if it applies, Bryan. A lot of people talk about
different line combinations. How often do you go to Joel or an assistant
and say, Try this and put me with Johnny or whatever.
PATRICK KANE: No, I didn't do that. I don't think
anyone does that to be honest with you. You let the coaches figure that
stuff out. There's different match-ups and every team you’re playing
against is different, especially as the playoffs go on. You can see from
their mindset what they were thinking the first three games.
But it was fun to play with these guys last night.
Whoever we're out there with, we think we have a great team. Pretty much
all of us have played with each other throughout the past few years, so
everyone knows each other's strengths and what they can do out there. So
you get used to it.
There has been a lot of line changes and switches the
past few years. This year, not so much. But whoever you're out there
with, it doesn't really matter. You just want to contribute.
Q. Patrick and Brent, you guys talked a little bit about back
checking and defense from last night. How big of a priority is it to get
back to limiting chances on the other end as good as you are in transition?
BRENT SEABROOK: Huge. It's big for our team to play at
both ends of the rink. You know, we've taken pride in our defensive game
all year. I think some penalty kill goals last game, I think that's
uncharacteristic of our group, and we've got to shore that up for the next
game. We're not going to be able to score six against Boston every night.
I said it last night, we've got to be expected to come
out and win a Game 1-0, 2-1. Those are the kind of games that are going to
be going forward here, and we've got to be better in all zones.
Q. Patrick and Bryan, you scored five goals last night when Chara
was on the ice, not even close to happening in any other game. What did
you do differently against him? Seemed like you forced him to turn a lot,
forced him to move a lot. Is it fair to say that's part of the game plan?
PATRICK KANE: To be honest with you, we didn't really
talk too much about him before the game. He's a tough player to play
against. He's got a huge reach, and obviously he uses his size to his
But against him, I think sometimes you worry so much
about who you're playing against that it goes to your disadvantage. You
just want to play the game. It so happened we scored five goals against
him. I don't think you'll see that in any other game this series.
But you look at Frolik’s and Kruger's goals, that was a
great play two-on-one, you get a great goal five-on-three, five-on-four
there and a couple lucky breaks off rebounds and point shots. I guess the
biggest thing is just try to get to the net and see what happens.
BRYAN BICKELL: Yeah, it is kind of funny that he had
five goals, but he's a great defenseman. For us, I think we executed our
game plan against him with his reach, just get pucks behind him, just to
try to get him moving in front. I know he's a big body. If he's in front,
with me or Toews or whoever, it's going to make it harder for the goalie to
I think we got inside the box and got our second and
third opportunities. It was huge, and just finished our checks. I know he
doesn't like to get hit, so we just need to keep that up.