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Toews-Kane-Bickell line was ‘good,’ ‘alright,’ and ‘fine’

May 27, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

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“I thought they were good. They were alright. They generated enough. They were fine.”

That was Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, on the performance of his rejigged top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Bryan Bickell in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

A ringing endorsement it was not. And no wonder, given the ‘Hawks lost the game, 5-2, and fell behind, 3-1, in their series with the Kings.

The trio did manage to hit the scoresheet, but not until Chicago was already in a deep hole. Bickell scored halfway through the third period to make it 4-2 for Los Angeles, with Kane and Toews picking up assists.

For Kane, it was his first point of the series, after languishing for three games on the second line with Patrick Sharp and Michal Handzus.

Handzus, by the way, logged just 4:28 of ice time, with Marcus Kruger stepping up to center Sharp and Marian Hossa.

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  1. bluelinemh - May 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    As a Hawks fan my problem with the team isn’t the lines, but rather the lack of shooting. They’re looking for that perfect shot too often. Everybody knows, you get the puck to the net and good things can happen.

    • kander013 - May 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Sounds like how the Wild were playing too many times against the Hawks, especially on the power play.

  2. comeonnowguys - May 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Tepid words for the “break in case of emergency” line.

  3. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    He’s always used this line in case of emergency, and it’s worked. It ain’t working right now.

  4. imleftcoast - May 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Bickell seemed like the most effective player on the line. That’s probably not what Q wanted. On the second goal, it was surprising all the whacks at it Kane and Toews had before Bickell put it in. Things are not going the Hawks way.

  5. dickschofield8291986 - May 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I won’t comment on the team, but I will congratulate the Hawks fans at yesterday’s games- tons of red jerseys, loud as hell, and rallied hard when the Hawks started playing late in the second. Corporate suites are usually pretty calm, but the 4 Hawks fans in ours went nuts. Quenneville should jam 25 of those fans in his locker room before Game 6 to get his team geeked up (instead of the warm milk, turkey sandwiches and lullaby which, apparently, he served before the game).

    Anyway, that was the best visiting-team-fan-base performance I’ve seen in 5 decades of attending Kings games. But I hope not to see ’em again til next year.

    • valoisvipers - May 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      There won`t be a game six if the Kings score first.

  6. slysipops - May 27, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    KANE ? did he play in game # 4 ?? anymore empty suit promises PATTY ?

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