Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011
By Tracey Myers
COLUMBUS, Ohio Troy Brouwer was ready to drop the gloves after watching Mark Methot land a hit on Patrick Kane on Tuesday night.
They were starting to get a little momentum, scoring chances, a power play or two, Brouwer said. We needed something to make sure we could hold on to that game.
It wasnt a lengthy fight, or one of those where one or both combatants end up bruised and bloodied. Brouwer just stood up for a teammate, took a few whacks and got the Blackhawks focus back where it needed to be.
Brouwers supplied a bulk of the Blackhawks physical presence this season, mainly with hits. Hes been a protector of sorts for linemates Jonathan Toews and Kane, dishing out punishment in the hopes that those two dont have to take any.
Coach Joel Quenneville said his fight with Methot was a timely one.
I thought it was perfect how the whole situation played out; he handled himself well, Quenneville said. But I still think he makes his presence gong to the net, being physical. He compliments the two guys hes working with and he did what he had to do as well.
Brouwer said he asked Methot ahead of time.
He looked a little bit surprised but he was wiling and ready, he said. It was a good, clean fight.
Brouwer isnt really known as a fighter. His one on Tuesday was just his second this season. He recognizes theres a time to drop them and a time to just walk away.
You cant be running after guys all the time, Brouwer said. It happens once in a while. After every hit, I dont know. It depends on who the player is, stuff like that. I guess you just make sure (some hits) wont be tolerated.
Duncan Keiths goal on Tuesday was just his first in the last 15 games, but it couldnt have come at a better time. The Blackhawks were in the closing seconds of a lengthy 5-on-3 power play which wasnt producing much pressure or many shots.
Its nice to score on the 5 on 3, because it wasnt looking so hot, Quenneville said. A lot of times thats the difference in the game and it was a big one. Whether its his offensive part of game or his speed, it helps the whole game.
Jake Dowell did not practice on Wednesday after blocking a shot off his ankle. Quenneville said he should be OK.
Quenneville said he hasnt decided yet whether Marty Turco or Corey Crawford will start against Vancouver on Friday night.
The Blackhawks plan to practice in Vancouver on Thursday afternoon.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.