Ben Eager walked out of the dressing room after a Game 4 loss in Philadelphia and looked over the ice at the Wachovia Center. The main lights used to illuminate the playing surface were turned off. Eager just stood there, hands on hips, hair still wet, perhaps contemplating what went wrong and what the Blackhawks would have to do to win when they returned.
Not that it is or ever was complicated. The Hawks can expect a lot of free advice now that they’re one game away from clinching the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 49 years heading into Wednesday’s Game 6 in Philadelphia, but how to win inside the Flyers’ rowdy home or in any other building is no secret, even if the answer has temporarily eluded them at times.
More important than Antti Niemi bouncing back from what may have been his worst game of the series in Game 5, or the need to avoid stupid penalties or who plays on whose line is the Blackhawks remembering who they are and how they play.