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‘Hawks reunite Kane-Toews-Bickell line for Game 4

Jun 19, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT


Chicago’s big guns will be together when the ‘Hawks take on the Bruins tonight in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Head coach Joel Quenneville skated captain Jonathan Toews on a line with Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell on Wednesday, reuniting the trio that had been split up after playing well together in Games 4 and 5 of the Los Angeles series, when the three combined for 10 points.

“One line can get going,” Quenneville said after the morning skate. “We don’t really care who scores goals. If they can get hot, get on the board offensively, that’s what we look for.

“They exited the last series on a high note. Getting back together here, hopefully they can continue on.”

It’ll be interesting to see if the switch can kickstart Bickell — scoreless in his last four after scoring eight times in his first 16 games — and Toews, who has just one goal through 20 playoff games.

The captain remembers the success the trio had against the Kings, and hopes to replicate it tonight.

“We’ve had some success against L.A.,” Toews told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Whatever the combinations are, we always say we’ve got to find a way to score, find a way to play smart defensively. But tonight I think we have confidence together as a line with Bicks and Kaner that we can make things happen.

“We were close last game to scoring. We didn’t get on the scoresheet. Obviously that’s not good enough. That will be one of our main goals tonight.”

  1. hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Chicago should get the biggest, dumbest player they have and run the goalie. No joke. Even the Boston fans can’t argue against it, they’ve said over and over on here how it’s just fine to run goalies.

    • nunan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Dumb…are you arguing that the rushes by Paille and Kelly last game represent ‘running the goalie’? Or are you just saying, in general, it’s okay to run the goalie. Either way…pretty miserable outlook on what has been a great series thus far. I’m guessing you’re taking comments way out of context and saying Boston fans support that crap…which is obviously untrue.

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        That’s actually not what I’m arguing – I’m pretty sure most people from Boston know what I’m saying. Big and dumb would have tipped most people off.

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        And I would also argue that most Boston fans DO support that crap.

      • nunan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        You are clearly distraught…your team is losing…accept it. Don’t make blanket BS statements that mean nothing…literally, nothing you said has any weight or truth to it.

      • upyourstodd - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        If you are referring to Lucic running Miller, you should have clarified it as “Big, Dumb, Skilled, Cup Champion”

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        You haven’t been around long, have you.

      • nunan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        And you still haven’t said anything that makes any sense…just more blanket statements. Good approach to a losing argument.

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Please see below. I’m not arguing with you, you are clearly in the dark.

      • r8rbhawk - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        Please note: hockey412 comments are his own and in no way represent the Chicago Blackhawks fan base as a whole.

    • upyourstodd - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Your logic is flawed. Wrong place, wrong time to bring up sour grapes. In fact, Chicago doesnt really have a big, dumb player since they are running four lines. Doesnt make sense to use up a roster spot.

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Not sour grapes, I don’t have any skin in this game. But Rask is playing over his head, and Chicago needs to knock him over a few times. If you somehow think that this type of behavior is wrong, then please let me know, I have heard a lot of opinions to the contrary from Boston fans over the past year. Please also see the Boston fans’ comments about running Hossa upon his return tonight in the previous article.

      • upyourstodd - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Im not sure why anyone would have a problem with Bruins player giving Hossa a hard, clean body check to welcome him back to the series. If he steps on the ice, he assumes the risk of re injuring himself. A dirty hit is deplorable, a clean hit is not. In addition, the Hawks should be more focused on creating some sort of netfront presence and getting inside the Bruins defensive layers to create havoc for Tuukka instead of shooting from the outside all night.

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Then we agree. There is nothing wrong with “creating some sort of netfront presence and getting inside the Bruins defensive layers to create havoc for Tuukka” and giving him a “hard, clean body check”. Rask is the only thing that saved the B’s last series, he’s the only thing saving them this series, he’ll be the Conn Smythe hands DOWN if the B’s win, and he needs to be knocked over. Hopefully Chicago will be running Horton from the side with the chronic shoulder issue every single time he touches the puck.

      • upyourstodd - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        You are funny, Hockey412. Horton assumes the risk as well. Chicago would be smart to check Horton often and get him thinking about his shoulder. Again, Chicago needs to get to the front of the net before they can “run” Tuukka, and I still think that isnt in their best interest. Tuukka is in your head. The Hawks need to focus on playing well in the offensive zone, not running Tuukka.

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Then we disagree. And yes, nhbsfan, I am aware it’s not legal. Thanks. I didn’t say it was legal, I said there’s nothing wrong with it. There’s a difference when talking to Boston fans.

      • upyourstodd - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Trolling now.

      • nhbsfan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Except you seem to miss that you can legally give a player with the puck a clean, hard bodycheck, however you can’t legally check the goalie. Don’t let facts get in the way of your argument though. You rage on man!

      • nunan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        You aren’t allowed to “body check” a goalie. If you’re saying get in his space then fine. You said “run him” and “body check” him though and that is wrong. Nobody accepts that as the right thing to do in hockey. Also, Rask has been good but he is not why they are winning this series. He wasn’t challenged at all last game..such an easy win for him. It is the Bruin’s team defense that is completely shutting them down.

    • turk16 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Maybe you could run the goalie “hockey412.” You seem to have the dumb part pretty well covered. But are you big and can you skate?

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Good one!! You made a funny!!!

      • lombardisshineinfoxborough - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Turk, I wouldn’t bother responding to “hockey412”. He’s obviously a cry baby Pens fan still sucking his thumb and pouting. By and large the Hawks fans on these forums have been great, no point in acknowledging loser fans of the pens, canadiens, etc. Should be another great game tonight.

    • grilledjesus - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    • pepper2011 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      ahahahahaha. Awww you don’t have a meaningful game to watch tonight. Guess what? Boston fans do. Chicago fans do. I also NEVER saw anyone say it was ok to run goalies. Please point me in that direction. I am assuming you are a Buffalo fan (ahahahahah). If Rask is out in the faceoff circles I suppose it’s a risk he’ll be taking (he doesn’t do that cause his team infront of him doesn’t suck). Also, the big thing; the Guy that hits him; He will be taking a much bigger risk cause he’ll have to deal with Chara, Lucic, Horton, Thornton, Boychuck, McQuaid, Seidenberg, Ference, and co. – they won’t pretend to grab the guy and run away.

      I also think you Chicago got rid of their big dumb guy (Scott) and the winners in Buffalo thought — this guy can beat up anyone. that must mean wins. Tool.

      it makes me laugh that you are still hung up on this TWO years later.

      • pepper2011 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        ^ @412

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        No one’s hung up on anything – I just stated that Chicago needs to run Rask. Make him feel uncomfortable. I’m not a Buffalo fan. I’m not for hurting anyone, but I do think Chicago needs to play by Boston’s rulebook. You say that the reason they can’t is because they should be afraid of the guys you listed, but I’m sorry…no. Actually if they get bodies on top of Rask, make him hurt, make him cautious, they might also make Boston take some dumb penalties. Granted Chicago needs to fix the power play issue and maintain some control. But make no mistake, Rask needs to be made nervous. If that’s not right by Boston, let me know! Because they’re most certainly WERE idiots that used the “well, he was outside his crease” excuse regarding the Buffalo embarassment that was Lucic. Chicago’s going to need to run him.

      • pepper2011 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        you are a funny little man.

        I already answered your question. No, it is not ok to run goalies.

        show me where people said it was ok.

        what is Boston’s rulebook? be better than the “skilled” teams you are playing?

        what is your team of choice? MTL (probably not cause you would have gone the pacioretty route). Buff (I think so, it’s ok I know it’s embarrassing!) Vancouver (good chance) or Pitt (aww! poor baby)

        you are a joke.

      • pepper2011 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        two years ago.

        two years.

        let it go buddy, let it go

      • pepper2011 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        I will even play your game.

        ok – some Boston FANS – thought the hit was ok because; as you said: “well, he was outside his crease”.

        That was not a gameplan. the plan going into a regular season game in November was not to run Miller the first chance they got.

        your lack of intelligence it astonishing.

        I am assuming you like hockey or at least pretend to? act like it.

      • hockey412 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        Those guys you mentioned didn’t look so tough last night? Horton never scared anyone, hell Iginla knocked him out for a month and Iginla’s 97 years old. Ference? He’s 4 foot 7. Not scarey. Lucic’s big move is to do something illegal and then stand there as if he’s some kind of bad as*. He’s just a dumb goon. Boychuck and McQuaid are both horrible people and dirty players. Never seen so many first punches thrown behind the whistles. Then they run.

  2. nunan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Trying to make a statement there. May be the last thing the Hawks can try and do to regain control of this series.

    • polegojim - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Kane has been weak and horrid for most of the series… spotty Great moment…but then PSSSSSSTTTT all the air goes out.

      Toews is due and will emerge with some production for his work.

  3. adambballn - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Bickell and Toews will help create some room for Kane… as long as Kane mans up and doesn’t play scared of taking a hit the Hawks should be able to create some offense with this line.

  4. stoopidfool - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    The biggest player (Bickell) got waved around like a towel

    Playing right into Jagrs notion of making the birdman beat you

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      And their smallest player waved around Marchand. Point?

  5. stoopidfool - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Bruins are big, but there’s no dumb…..just ask Cindy

  6. mz1394 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    The only thing that saved the Blackhawks this year is they played in the shltty west

  7. mz1394 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    The only thing that saved the Blackhawks this year is they played in the shltty west

  8. kingcobraman - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    bigger ,stronger and more skilled than L.A. Chicago you peaked against L.A.. bring all the big guns , your still going be shot down…good night Chicago…

  9. jeff2000m - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Hockey412 u need Jesus….lol… f**k u and ur pens! Go Bruins!

  10. grilledjesus - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    So now you will have this line matched up with the Bergeron line, especially since the Bruins have last change. Is this a plus for the Krejci line getting away from Toews?

  11. spitfisher - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I find it rather stupid, naïve and almost a panic mode to consider putting one power line, basically all of your eggs in one basket…..This very short sighted on behalf of the hawks.

    If it was anything else, why wouldn’t you have done that in game one??????

    • adambballn - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      The second line is still going to have Hossa, Sharp, and Handzus… they’re just mixing things up, not making one power line.

  12. pone27 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Clearly these forums are dominated by Bruins, Pens and Flyers fans.

    No point in speaking about the Cup here on PHT. Unless you think Bergeron is possibly the greatest player in the NHL (lol) think the Bruins have been crushing the Hawks (hilarious) or think Julien is the greatest thing since sliced bread, no logical hockey talk can be made here.

    Anyways, as a Hawks fan, they should have never broken this line up. I look forward to them doing damage.

  13. tripps3 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    IMO Rask isn’t the Hawks issue here – the four goalie defense is. Hawks already proved they can score on Rask. Defense is going to have to be more active in scoring. The Boston D won’t be as confident if the hawks can take a lead

    • adambballn - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Yep… hard to score when you have to get the puck through 2 or 3 bodies in front of the net before it even reaches Rask.

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