Updated: July 7, 2012 8:49AM
LOS ANGELES — As rambunctious as some of the characters were on the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-winning team, center Colin Fraser said the locker-room atmosphere didn’t feel any different when they were one win shy of hoisting the Stanley Cup.
“It sounds stupid, but really it’s like any other game,” Fraser said. “Is it in the back of everybody’s mind? Yeah, sure it is. But, at the same time, you still have to make it happen.”
Fraser thinks the Los Angeles Kings will act similarly before going for the sweep of the New Jersey Devils in Game 4 of the finals on Wednesday.
“You know it’s going to be their best game,” said Fraser, who didn’t play for the Hawks in the finals but has centered an effective fourth line for the Kings.
Fraser, though, does remember the moments leading up to the Hawks’ celebration in Philadelphia.
“Me, [Adam] Burish, [Bryan] Bickell and a couple of the other guys, we were up late in the third, and we had gone down to put our gear on to hopefully join the celebration,” Fraser said. “Philly tied it up relatively late in the third. We had to hide out in the room around the corner, so nobody saw us. We were watching overtime in the room, [Patrick Kane] scored and that was it.”