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Eddie Olczyk on Blackhawks-Ducks: 'I expect a long series'

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Eddie Olczyk on Blackhawks-Ducks: 'I expect a long series'

It's probably a good thing the Blackhawks and Ducks had a lengthy layoff, because this Western Conference Final may be a long series.

It'll be the first time in NHL history these two teams go head-to-head in the playoffs, which makes this an even more intriguing matchup that begins Sunday afternoon.

[MORE: Blackhawks-Ducks: Who has the edge in the Western Conference Final?]

The Ducks will also be the Blackhawks' biggest challenge yet this postseason.

"A big heavy team that is not afraid to try to play a physical style, try to run you in the third or fourth row," said Olczyk. "They're a heavy team, they're a big team, and the Hawks have not seen that to this point."

The Blackhawks led the regular-season series, 2-1, and outscored the Ducks by five in those three games. But despite their success, it's a new season, a new series, one where the stakes are higher and the reward is bigger. Both teams are playing their best hockey and are as well-rested as they can be.

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That'll come in handy for the Blackhawks, who need all the rest they can get in order to succeed against the Ducks' physicality.

"You gotta play fast. You gotta get the puck and you gotta move it quickly so you don't allow them to play real physical hockey," Olczyk said. "I expect a long series."

See what else Eddie O had to say in the video above.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Joel Quenneville returns to the United Center

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Joel Quenneville returns to the United Center

David Haugh, Charlie Roumeliotis, and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - Joel Quenneville returns to the United Center. The guys look back at his 3 Cups in Chicago and discuss his place among the greatest Chicago coaches of all-time.

9:00 - The Blackhawks have won 5 straight and are 3 points out of a wild card spot. Are the playoffs in their future?

12:00 - Patrick Kane has reached 1,000 points. Will he end up at the Blackhawks all-time leading scorer? Could he end up being the greatest Blackhawk ever?

18:00 - Jonathan Toews joins Kap to talk about Joel Quenneville's return, Kane's 1,000th point and the team's winning streak?

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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Blackhawks fans with nothing but love for Joel Quenneville in his return

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Blackhawks fans with nothing but love for Joel Quenneville in his return

Blackhawks fans are an extremely loyal bunch so it should come as no surprise that they have nothing but love for Joel Quenneville in his return to Chicago with the Flordia Panthers. The Blackhawks players have echoed that same thing, with Toews stating how much Coach Q meant to the city of Chicago:

Blackhawks fans brought out the Coach Q memorabilia in droves:

Coach Q got the last laugh on Tuesday night, as the Panthers walked out of the United Center with a convincing 4-3 win despite the Blackhawks getting a solid offensive output, including Kaner's 1,001st career point

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