The Chicago Blackhawks are one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately they’re going back to Boston to try to close out the Stanley Cup Finals. The veteran Blackhawk players are trying to keep the younger players calm.
“Well, it’s a long way to go,” veteran center Michal Handzus said after the pre-Game 6 morning skate, via the Chicago Tribune. “We’re playing a great team and you can’t be thinking too much about it. It’s still a game, you still have to win. You don’t think too much about what can happen in the end because that can go against you. You just have to take it one shift at a time, get a good (meal), get a good nap, and get ready.”
The veterans talked to those facing the possibility of clinching a Stanley Cup for the first time and preached this message. And the first timers seem to agree that the talk helped calm their nerves.
“(It’s) just trying to stay relaxed,” rookie winger Brandon Saad said. “It is tough and (you) try not to think about the end result. Just live in the moment, enjoy the process.”
“Obviously it’s not easy,” winger Michael Frolik said. “A lot of things going on. You want to focus on the game and do the same things and do your preparation and play with confidence. Don’t be scared to do something.”
But no matter how prepared you are, this stage brings nerves regardless. You just have to manage them.
“They kind of settle when that puck drops,” forward Andrew Shaw said. “You’re not thinking ahead. You’re just playing the game. You’re just thinking, I’m here now, and try to keep pushing it and working for each other.”