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Friday, April 15, 2011
Q looks for better effort in Game 2

By Jesse Rogers

VANCOUVER -- Just hours before the Chicago Blackhawks took the ice for Game 2 of their best-of-seven series against the Vancouver Canucks, coach Joel Quenneville reiterated that he wants to see more from his team "across the board" -- meaning in all phases of the hockey game.

It starts with a little more physical play and more bodies to the net. His players know it as well.

"We need to finish our checks, but we don't want to run around and get out of position just to make a hit, but if the hit is there we will definitely finish it," Bryan Bickell said after morning skate-around on Friday. "Getting in front of [Roberto] Luongo is the biggest thing."

Bickell, Troy Brouwer and Jake Dowell make up the trio of Hawks with the most potential to play with an edge while delivering some counter blows. They didn't do it in Game 1 combining for four hits total, none from Troy Brouwer.

"I thought I had a couple hits Wednesday night but didn't get credit for them," Brouwer said.

Brouwer might be right, but the bigger point is still valid: That line has to bring more ferocity because its chances at providing offense are slim.


Slappers
  • Lines in practice Friday morning resembled how the Hawks began Game 1 with Fernando Pisani taking Tomas Kopecky's place.
    Patrick Sharp/Jonathan Toews/Marian Hossa
    Ben Smith/Michael Frolik/Patrick Kane
    Bryan Bickell/Jake Dowell/Troy Brouwer
    Viktor Stalberg/Ryan Johnson/Fernando Pisani
    The lines may or may not be how the Hawks start the game.
    "There will be adjustments, but we're not going to show them in practice," Jonathan Toews said.
  • Patrick Sharp said he felt a "tweak" on his knee attempting a one-timer in Game 1 but is feeling fine for Game 2. Sharp was around the puck a lot but "isn't happy getting shut out" no matter how much he touched the puck.
  • The quote: Joel Quenneville, on the possibility of going down 2-0: "I'm not talking about that."