Monday, November 28, 2011
Blackhawks happy to have Bulls back
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Like most Chicagoans, Patrick Sharp is ready to watch Derrick Rose and the Bulls rock the United Center once again.
"It’s exciting," Sharp said of the NBA's handshake labor agreement. "It’s empty over there without those guys. I’m a big Bulls fan, and I’m happy to hear they’ll be back."
He wasn't the only one in the Blackhawks locker room who felt that way.
"They had a solid team last year and had a good run so I’m sure fans around Chicago are eager to see the MVP return home," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said of Rose. "Maybe I’ll get out to watch a couple games. I guess for the NFL and NBA, their negotiations and everything that goes on with that, it’s kind of fun to watch and see how everything unfolds and see what’s going on there. It’s good to see them back in action. It’s good for the fans."
Toews admitted that the NBA's recent labor issues have been a topic of conversation for his teammates.
"There’s been a lot going on in pro sports lately," he said. "It’s a reality in every sport, including hockey coming up. Of course you think about it, you talk about it with players. You kind of learn the differences between your game and other sports too. It’s all interesting how it contrasts."
Where did Carcillo go?:Daniel Carcillo was a healthy scratch on Saturday night in Los Angeles, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made it sound as if Carcillo would see the ice again soon.
"It was one of those situations," Quenneville said. "He played outstanding to begin the season. He was ordinary the last couple of games, and I wanted to play John Scott. I thought he was very efficient in the game last year in L.A., and I thought he did a good job the other night as well. Sometimes you make those kind of decisions based on needs, but we expect to get Danny back in the lineup."
What did he do to become a scratch on Saturday?
"Every game’s different," Quenneville said. "Whether he was playing in that role when he was playing up there with [Patrick Kane] [Marian] Hossa and [Patrick Sharp]. Sometimes you’re out there on an energy line. I think it gives you a lot of options, as far as where you use him and how far you use him. Some of [the decision is based on] we want him a little bit more consistent in his game. But I’m not criticizing his game because he’s been very effective for us."
The last word: "It’s a dangerous game. Whether it’s jetlag or your legs, sometimes you don’t have the energy that you had. Sometimes you’re at home and you get a little comfortable, or try to think that you’re at home and put on a show, but the trend and the history is definitely accurate. It’s tough and challenging, and we want to make sure we simplify the approach and make it like a road game." -- Quenneville on why the first game off a long road trip is historically rough on teams.