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Sunday, April 17, 2011
Toews: Hawks haven't played best yet

By Jesse Rogers

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward John Scott was one topic of conversation Sunday morning heading into Game 3 between the Hawks and Vancouver Canucks. He’ll make his playoff debut Sunday night as the Hawks trail the series 2-0.

Here are some other notes from Sunday morning’s practices:

  • Jonathan Toews was asked where the sense of desperation was with his team down 2-0. “It’s up there,” he said. “It has to be. We still don’t feel like we’ve played our best game yet. We’ve looked at some things in both games we didn’t do so well, and we can’t wait any longer to correct those mistakes.”

  • Joel Quenneville ran his line combinations the same that began Game 2 but afterwards declared Bryan Bickell out with a hand injury and John Scott in. With Bickell and Tomas Kopecky out of the lineup Quenneville didn’t have many choices. Jake Dowell told reporters he was playing so Marcus Kruger could come out. Patrick Sharp could be an “option” at center according to Quenneville. “He might not start at center but that is an option,” he said.

  • Quenneville reiterated his thoughts after Game 1 -- he wants better play across the board. The Hawks aren’t overly deficient in any one area but can be a little better in all.

  • Canucks players Mikael Samuelsson (sick) and Raffi Torres (suspended) are expected to be in the lineup for Game 3.

  • Like most players, Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa is impressed with the energy at the United Center during the national anthem. “Single best moment in an arena you could have,” he said. “I’ve told family, 'Be in your seats for the anthem because it’s something special.' Guys in the room even talked about before the series started. It’s a lot of fun to play here.”