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.
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."