Bryan Bickell got some words of scoring wisdom, a Brooksism-type saying. No, not the late, legendary Herb Brooks, but teammate Sheldon Brookbank.
“Brooksie said Teemu Selanne always said, ‘(Scoring) is like a ketchup bottle: once you get that first little bit out, it flows,’” Bickell said with a grin. “It’s funny he said it to me. I had to use it. Hopefully I get that first one and move on.”
Bickell’s situation is a microcosm of the Blackhawks’ offense right now: it’s ample right now, but it feels like it’s right on the verge of truly breaking through. Bickell is in an individual drought he hopes to end very soon. For the Blackhawks as a whole, considering the scoring opportunities they’ve gotten in recent games, they feel the floodgates could open at any time.
“We’re having trouble around the net getting that third (goal), that quantity of offense from the past,” said coach Joel Quenneville, whose Blackhawks needed a shootout to get that third goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. “But we feel it’s there, so let’s get it out.”
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Indeed, the Blackhawks have had plenty of opportunities, especially early. Several players, including Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, have been feeling the goal-and/or-assist touch already. So has Jonathan Toews. Patrick Sharp broke out of his goal wait on Tuesday. Bickell, meanwhile, is looking for his first goal of the season as are others, including Andrew Shaw.
“Yeah, a few of us are snake-bitten right now,” said Shaw. “But once you get one in, the floodgates open. It feels like the lines have chemistry, and we’re getting all those offensive chances now. We have to start burying them.”
The Blackhawks are still a little miffed over that last-second loss to the St. Louis Blues last week. So they’re fine with seeing them again so soon.
“We let one go there,” Jonathan Toews said. “We wanted to get off to a good start on the road. We know they’re going to come back hard; they had a tough game (Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks). We have to take advantage of being in our own building and be more aggressive.”
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He said it
Joel Quenneville, when asked if Patrick Sharp could be that third shootout option the Blackhawks have been looking for: “He will be next time, for sure.”
Defenseman Michal Rozsival missed Wednesday’s practice due to illness, Quenneville said. Rozsival is likely out of tomorrow night’s lineup.
St. Louis forward Maxim Lapierre will not play tomorrow night. He’s suspended indefinitely, pending his hearing for his hit on San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle on Tuesday night.