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Bickell springs into action again

After an 'ordinary' regular season, the first-line forward is stepping up for Hawks

Updated: May 4, 2014, 9:34 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- His wrister hit the crossbar with such force in the third period Sunday that even Bryan Bickell thought it had caromed in for a goal, thought it must have found the net and maybe even taken a chunk of steel tubing along with it.

It is the type of confidence that simply wasn't there for Bickell, the Chicago Blackhawks' coaching staff or most fans a month ago. It was the type of shot that wasn't there with any regularity during the regular season.

That the Hawks' left winger ...

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