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Quenneville: Hawks still control destiny

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



Coach Joel Quenneville and his players would have preferred to have secured a playoff spot by now, but they are happy their postseason fate remains very much in their own hands.

“Obviously, we’d like to be higher and a little more secure than in the spot we’re in right now,” Quenneville said Sunday before the Hawks lost 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“This is what we created with some of the points we left on the table earlier in the year. But we’re in a situation where we can control our destiny.”

Last year at this time, the Hawks were battling for top spot in the West. This year, they enter the final week of the regular season with little margin for error.

“[Last season, we] had the luxury maybe to try things a little bit, things that might work down the road [in the playoffs],’’ Quenneville said. “We don’t have that luxury right now.”

The luxury the Hawks do have is an inside track on one of the remaining postseason berths in the West — even after their loss to the Lightning.

The Calgary Flames (91 points), who entered the day three points behind the Hawks, pulled within one by beating the Colorado Avalanche 2-1. The Dallas Stars (89 points) pulled within three with a 4-3 victory against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Stars lost six games in a row after delivering the worst loss of the Hawks’ season a little more than two weeks ago in Dallas.

“Everybody has their turns, good and bad, and obviously [Dallas] had a tough road trip and a tough schedule,” Quenneville said. “It’s still up to us to get into a spot where we feel comfortable, and at the end of the day we have to take care of our own business.” 



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