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Blackhawks’ Bickell ‘hitting the net’ and scoring

Jun 7, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

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Bryan Bickell is putting the puck in the net at a tremendous rate in these playoffs, and he doesn’t show signs of really slowing down.

He scored again Thursday, as the Chicago Blackhawks came back to beat the L.A. Kings by a final score of 3-2 and took a 3-1 series lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final.

His wrist shot handcuffed Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick, evening the score at 1-1 in the first period.

Bickell has scored a goal in each of the last three games and has eight in the post-season. That puts him alongside teammate Patrick Sharp for second among NHL players in goals these playoffs.

He isn’t flashy. The reason for his success is as simple as it gets this time of year.

“He’s got a great shot. And probably the biggest thing, he’s hitting the net now,” said Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, according to a tweet from Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

Bickell is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer, and, based on his performance this spring, he’s on his way to a big raise.

He is currently in the final year of a three-year, $1.625 million contract.

Bickell could’ve had two goals Thursday, but teammate Patrick Kane got his stick on the puck as it trickled toward the net. It was Kane’s first goal of the series.

Bickell deflected a Niklas Hjalmarsson point shot, and the puck got through Quick, but Kane tapped it into the open net.

“Just to make sure it goes in, I’ll take it. He’ll take it, too, to give him a little spark,” said Bickell, as per a tweet from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

 

  1. slysipops - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    great game from BICKELL! the HAWKS are crazy if they don’t resign this guy! the KANE goal probibly should have been BICKS also but it was better to make sure it was going in.hopefully the HAWKS can put away the kings on SATURDAY! it would be nice to get a big early lead and send them home with some payback bruises!

  2. tripps3 - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Bicks is on fire!

  3. jhuck92 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    I said it before: Chicago has plenty of talented forwards, but they lack size. Last time the ‘Hawks made a deep playoff run, they had another big man, Dustin Bufyuglien, in front of the net to take on Chris Pronger. I’m going to assume that’s what they’re going to do to against Chara and the Bruins in the finals. That’ll be a good matchup to see. Unfortunately, the salary cap forced Bowman to let Buff go that summer, so hopefully this time they can keep Bickell. He deserves it.

  4. rrino - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Bryan ‘Son-of-A’ Bickell (- Paul Allen) is tearin it up this post season. Where’d he come from?

  5. Eric Broz - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Pretty sad that the ‘official’ broadcast partner of the NHL has to resort to using quotes gleaned from other media source’s Twitter account. Do you have anyone there who could, oh, maybe do some old-fashioned interviewing? Like going directly to the source and asking them questions? Face to face?

    • parasolmonster - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      What a stupid thing to get up-in-arms about. I want to dive into detail as to why, but I think I’m just going to keep living my life instead.

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