Chicago treating Game 5 like it’s Game 7

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Being ahead 3-1 in a best-of-seven series may sound like you’re in the driver’s seat to finish things off, but the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t taking anything for granted.

‘Hawks forward Patrick Kane says his team is preparing as if it’s not Game 5 but as something more dire as Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune shares.

“We’re treating it like it’s a Game 7 mentality and you have to win,” Kane says. “That’s the way you have to go about these games. I’m sure the crowd will be rocking. People will be fired up in Chicago. It should be an exciting game.”

Coach Joel Quenneville told reporters something a bit less desperate at the morning skate presser.

“I think it’s an important game for us,” he said. “I think we want to make sure we establish a good start here and try to dictate pace and try to play with the tempo we had in three of the four games.”

“Can’t look any further forward than today’s game where we want to play our best.”

If Chicago plays their best tonight, they’ll be posing with the Clarence Campbell Bowl and shaking hands with Bill Daly at the conclusion of the game.