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Hawks know now’s not time for predictions

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Regardless of how enthralling their Game 4 victory was, the Blackhawks aren’t going to leap ahead and declare their matchup with the Vancouver Canucks is now officially “a series.”

They know they still trail 3-1.

“Maybe if you win the next game, then you feel a lot stronger about yourselves,” defenseman Brian Campbell said Wednesday. “Then you can bring it back home.

“But we have a lot of work left to do to try and get back into the series. When it comes down to it, it’s do-or-die again for us.”

The Hawks’ 7-2 pasting of the Canucks on Tuesday was reminiscent of their drubbings of them last postseason. But they’re expecting the Canucks — and in particular goalie Roberto Luongo, who allowed six goals on 28 shots — to rebound tonight. Luongo last allowed more than three goals Jan. 18 against the Colorado Avalanche, when he gave up four.

“You look at all our goals, there’s really none you can really blame on him to be honest with you,” winger Patrick Kane said. “You still have to worry about him because he’s such a great goaltender.”

Some Hawks said all the pressure remains on Luongo and his teammates to close them out.

“We’re still champions until that day comes — and hopefully, that day never comes,” Campbell said. “For us, we need and want to show what kind of team we are. We know we can play with this team.”

Two to tango

When the Canucks’ tempers flared in the third period of Game 4, Hawks tough guy John Scott looked but couldn’t find any takers, including Tanner Glass.

“I had my gloves off, and he kind of crapped his pants,” said Scott, who received two 10-minute misconduct penalties in the third.

Coach Joel Quenneville was pleased with Scott’s play Tuesday, especially for his ability to “settle things down.”

“A lot of people rolled their eyes [Tuesday] morning when we announced that he was likely on the back end,” Quenneville said. “But we played five games down the stretch where [he] was on the back end and played meaningful minutes in those games. . . . He’s got a purpose to his game. He’s not just a one-dimensional player.”

The Hawks weren’t too pleased with the one fight that occurred. Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa grabbed Viktor Stalberg late in the third after Stalberg recorded a hard hit. It was Stalberg’s second career fight.

“[Bieksa is] a solid player,” Campbell said. “He’s got some edge to him. It’s kind of disappointing to see him jump Stalberg like that. But it is what it is.”

Seabrook could play

Defenseman Brent Seabrook (concussion) traveled to Vancouver, and there is a possibility that he could play in Game 5. Tomas Kopecky remains out with what’s believed to be a concussion.



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