By Allan Muir
Joel Quenneville knows that past performance is no guarantee of future results. But after watching his team held to just two goals during the last nine periods by Tuukka Rask and the smothering defense of the Boston Bruins, he knows his Chicago Blackhawks won’t have a future if he doesn’t try something drastic.
So he’s counting on a unit that led the comeback against the Detroit Red Wings to right the ship in Game 4. It’s been confirmed that he will reunite Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell for tonight’s contest.
The only question is: what took so long?
Outside of a penalty-killing shift in Game 3, Quenneville has been reluctant to put his two best weapons on the ice at the same time in this series. Instead, he skated Toews between fourth-line checkers Michal Frolik and Marcus Kruger for most of Game 3, before trying him with Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg. Neither combination generated much of anything, which opened him up to some criticism for not reuniting Toews and Kane when Game 3 was still up for grabs.