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Monday, June 17, 2013
Bickell plans to 'keep it simple' in Game 3

By Scott Powers

Bryan Bickell has no points and two shots on goal in the first two games of the Cup finals.
BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell is going back to the basics in attempt to jumpstart his offensive game in the Stanley Cup finals.

Bickell had been on an offensive terror for eight consecutive games leading into the finals. He registered five goals, four assists and 24 shots on goal during an eight-game span from the final three games of the Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings through all five games of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings.

Bickell's production has now come to a halt through two games of the Stanley Cup finals against the Bruins with no points and two shots on goal in the series.

Bickell has a plan to change that going into Game 3 on Monday.

"I need to get back to being more simple," Bickell said after Monday's morning skate. "There's times where I'm getting too cute and trying to make the better play. I just need to get the puck in deep and work our cycles.

"When the pucks were going in for me, I thought everything I touch is hitting back of the net. Confidence, too, goes a long way. I still feel confident. I still need to keep with my game plan and keep it simple."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said almost the same thing about Bickell on Sunday.

"I think everybody has stretches where things go well for you," Quenneville said on Sunday. "Everything seemed to go in for him there. Around the net, had quick hands, finding pucks. I still think he has to simplify it. Something we talked about earlier, keep the puck going forward, put it at the net, don't have to try to make plays. When you try to make plays, the other team takes advantage of it. I think simplifying it will be more effective and efficient."

Bickell was more active in Game 1 than Game 2 against the Bruins. He attempted seven shots (one was on goal, three were blocked, three missed the net) and had nine hits in 28:18 of ice time in the Blackhawks' 4-3 triple-overtime win in Game 1. In Game 2, he attempted just one shot (it was on goal) and recorded one hit in 19:14 of ice time in the Blackhawks' 2-1 loss in overtime.

Bickell believes using his body again to lay out some hits in Game 3 could spark his offense, too.

"Yeah, I think I need to be more physical," Bickell said. "Make it hard on their D, make them turn. I think I get opportunities by being physical. I know my mindset going into this game – it's a big one. We need at least one over here. I need to bring it (in Game 3)."