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Are Hawks getting into Luongo's head?
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 5/5/2009 12:14 AM

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Vancouver's Roberto Luongo is one of those goalies that relishes the idea of possibly getting into the heads of the opposition.

After two games in the Western Conference semifinals, the Blackhawks are having none of that.

The Hawks have scored 8 goals on Luongo in two games by going hard to the net and creating the kind of traffic that would bother any goaltender.

"He's a good goalie and does try to get into some of our guy's heads, but you can't let him," Dave Bolland said. "All goalies hate traffic and that's what were trying to do, just like he was just another goalie."

The Hawks have shown throughout the playoffs that they are willing to accept the punishment that goes with going strong to the net.

"We want to throw everything at the net and not pass up any chances," Jonathan Toews said.

"We know what we want to do against him," Patrick Kane said. "He's obviously one of the best goalies in the league, but the more we play against him, the more we can realize that he's human. He was on fire in the first series (against St. Louis), but I think once we got a couple on him maybe we shattered his confidence a little."

Such a flap: If Jonathan Toews is bothered by a bum shoulder, as several Canadian media outlets have reported, he's doing a good job playing through it.

Toews joked about his shoulder injury with two Chicago reporters after Monday's practice, of which he participated, flapping both arms in reference to reports that he wasn't able to bring one over his head.

"Not even close," Toews said. "I feel fine."

Not his problem: Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was asked about Dustin Byfuglien's persistent presence around Roberto Luongo's crease in the first two games of the series.

"I'm happy I don't have to deal with it," Khabibulin said.

Line it up: It has been a while since there's been a line of people waiting to buy Hawks' tickets, but that was the case Monday at the United Center.

There were several hundred people waiting for the box office to open to purchase tickets for potential games in the Western Conference finals and Stanley Cup Finals.

Hawks front office personnel had doughnuts for fans waiting in line.