Fabulous finish surpasses splendid start

"A lot of guys were like, 'Wow,' but we were like, 'Be positive, find a way,''' Quenneville said.

Many reasons exist why the Hawks have reached this point: the clutch play of Crawford and Bickell, the leadership of Jonathan Toews throughout the Red Wings series, the resurgence of Kane, the depth of the defense and the penalty kill.

None is bigger than Quenneville.

The cigar-chomping, mustache-combing Quenneville stands four victories from winning one more championship than Mike Ditka did as Da Coach. Of Chicago's all-time major professional sports coaches, only three have won multiple titles: George Halas, Phil Jackson and Frank Chance. If the Hawks beat the Bruins, they can add Quenneville to that elite group — and worry about where to put Quenneville's "Chicago Barbe-Q's" restaurant later.

When the season included a manufactured goalie controversy after backup Ray Emery got hot, Quenneville consistently supported Crawford. When the postseason called for Quenneville to shake things up, he paired Keith with Brent Seabrook and reassembled Toews, Kane and Patrick Sharp.

Quenneville has been at his tinkering best again against the Kings, finding the right combinations defensively with Keith suspended and following his gut in putting Bickell on the top line.

Perhaps of most importance, after Game 3 Quenneville called out Kane publicly but followed that up with a private conversation about doing more.

It required every ounce of Quenneville's leadership ability to pull Kane and the Hawks through their latest predicament.

Nobody in Chicago ever will forget the night it all paid off.

dhaugh@tribune.com

Twitter @DavidHaugh

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