Blackhawks' notable quotes of 2013

December, 26, 2013
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Here are some of the most notable Chicago Blackhawks’ quotes in 2013:

Jamal Mayers on being fined for shooting at the Detroit Red Wings’ net during warm-ups of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals:

“I was trying to get under their skin. The league fined me and took the appropriate action. I'll pay the piper.”

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Bill Smith/NHLI/Getty ImagesBlackhawks coach Joel Quenneville looks on during Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings on May 29.
Joel Quenneville on entering Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Red Wings:

“I just thought we played two Game 7s, so we’re looking forward to the real Game 7.”

Andrew Shaw on his bruises after taking a puck to the face:

“I don't know if it's a badge of honor, but it looks pretty cool.”

Dave Bolland on where he is in coming back from injury in the playoffs:

“I don’t know about percentage, but I’m halfway there.”

Bryan Bickell prior to the playoffs beginning:

"There's some players they're regular-season guys, and there's some players who are playoff guys. I feel like when it comes around to the playoffs that feels like my time. It brings the best out of me.”

Corey Crawford on hearing fans chanting his name in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals:

“Twenty-two thousand people chanting that? Maybe caught a couple seconds of it. It felt good to have our crowd behind me.”

Duncan Keith on witnessing his child’s birth and playing in a playoff game in the same day:

“I think the adrenaline helped out, but I’m not going to sit here and say I felt great. But definitely just the whole excitement of having a baby gets you through that for sure.”

Quenneville on Ray Emery’s 45-save performance in a 3-2 shootout win over the Calgary Flames:

“That was criminal. They've got to call the cops after that performance. He stole two points. He was spectacular.”

Shaw while wearing a microphone after scoring the winner in the third overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals:

“I love shin pads!”

Crawford on defending Jonathan Toews against the Los Angeles KingsKyle Clifford in the Western Conference finals:

“The guy grabbed him, got a couple free shots. I figured it was enough. I just decided to go in there and grab his head.”

Brandon Bollig through Twitter on Justin Bieber stepping on the team’s logo:

“After this stunt I'm not sure who's disliked more in Chicago. Bieber or Torres? #TossUp.”

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AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhBlackhawks goalie Corey Crawford didn't hold back while speaking to fans at the Grant Park rally.
Crawford at the Blackhawks’ Grant Park rally:

“F***** right, Chicago! Biggest bunch of beauties in the league, f***** worked their n*** off for this trophy! Wooo! No one will ever take this away from us! We're the champs!”

President Barack Obama on Crawford’s speech:

"Speaking of Grant Park, we were originally going to let Corey Crawford say a few words today, but we thought we'd keep this family event family friendly. You guys have been hanging out with [Chicago Mayor] Rahm Emanuel too much.”

Patrick Sharp on Brent Seabrook’s knack for playoff overtime goals:

"He's Mr. Overtime.”

Sharp on Patrick Kane meeting LeBron James:

"He was nervous. He wasn't talking very much courtside there. He knew he was going to meet LeBron and get his picture taken, so he was a little antsy.”

Obama on the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup:

"To the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, White Sox, I am term limited, so you guys got to get moving. I need to see you here soon. Championships belong in Chicago. So to the Blackhawks, thank you for bringing them back home. Thank you for bringing the Stanley Cup."

Shaw on playing the Boston Bruins 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara:

“Maybe he won’t see me if I’m standing in front of him. He might have a blind spot there. He’s a big boy, and I look forward to battling with him.”

Quenneville on making a run at Scotty Bowman’s record of 1,244 career wins:

"Scotty? I don't think my wife would even consider that for a minute.”

Keith on their points streak ending at 24 games:

“We're proud of it, but it'll be nice to move on now. It's hockey, we've lost games before in our lives. It's not like we're going to sit here and cry.”

Daniel Carcillo on his game-winning goal with 49.3 seconds against on the Colorado Avalanche:

"[I was] happy; it's like a big rainbow in my head. Ah, couldn't even skate. Had to drop to my knees."

Rocky Wirtz on Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals:

“I got a hold of my lucky coin; I was rubbing it, rubbing it, rubbing it. I’m lucky it didn’t tear my pocket off."

Marian Hossa on the day after the Blackhawks’ three-overtime win over the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals:

“To tell you the truth, I fell asleep around 3 o'clock, woke up early. I think my neighbor decided he was going to drill in the morning. So that wasn't really pleasant. Hopefully, he's going to get his message for the next time and we won't drill.”

Toews on winning the Stanley Cup for the team’s veterans:

“I just had a quick conversation with Sheldon Brookbank and Jamal Mayers, and I handed the Cup right off to Michal Handzus,” Toews said. “You want to win for guys like that, that have been in the league for a long time and worked very hard. They’ll do anything for their teammates and anything for team. Those are guys you want in your group. ... It’s amazing to win for yourself and your family, especially those guys. They’re more deserving than anybody. It’s amazing.”

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26