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Hawks must stay on task
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 5/19/2009 12:10 AM

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DETROIT - The Blackhawks claim they are considering the Red Wings to be just another team in their way to the Stanley Cup Finals, but that's easier said than done.

"They've proven it. They've done it," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Monday. "They know the meaning of where we're at right now. I think we've got to acquire that appetite and taste immediately, but I don't think we should be in awe or put them on a different pedestal.

"I think we've proven at the end of the year we can beat them. But we know how we have to go about it. We've got to do things right."

Turnovers killed the Hawks in Sunday's 5-2 Game 1 loss.

"We tried to make plays that weren't there," Jonathan Toews said.

The Hawks want to grind it out more and take better care of the puck in the Detroit end.

"I have an incredible amount of respect for them, but you can't have too much," Adam Burish said. "You've got to be careful. You can get mesmerized by the puck out there and watch them dancing around.

"They're not a regular team. They're the best team in the world and you have to play close to a perfect game to beat them. We didn't do that. We tried to play too much their style and turned too many pucks over, and the way they can transition, you can't do that."

Can't be worse: Defenseman Brent Seabrook didn't have the greatest day in Game 1 and knows it.

"I've got to be better, no doubt," said Seabrook, who was minus-2 in 22 minutes and turned the puck over on Detroit's first goal by Dan Cleary.

Joel Quenneville said he believes Seabrook and Duncan Keith will be much better tonight in Game 2.

"I think we visited with a lot of guys," Quenneville said. "We had a good video session here today, probably reinforcing areas we can improve upon. I think collectively we should all think we've got to be better.

"That pair has been very effective for us all year, him and Dunks. We expect them to be a key force for us going forward."

Bumps and bruises: Martin Havlat was limping noticeably as he walked into Joe Louis Arena on Monday and didn't practice.

"Yeah, he's fine," Joel Quenneville said. "We had approximately three or four guys didn't skate (Monday). They'll all be available for (tonight)."

Duncan Keith, Sammy Pahlsson and Matt Walker also didn't practice.