Viktor Stalberg is frustrated — with his situation, with his ice time, with his own play. But he knows the quickest way to getting out of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s doghouse is to force his way out. Play better, and he’ll play more. “I haven’t had the same role I had in the regular season; sometimes that’s frustrating,” Stalberg said Monday morning. “I also didn’t score when I had that chance in the first series. It’s a give and take. I can be better. Hopefully, I’ll be able to come in here and make a difference in the rest of the [Stanley Cup] Final here.” Stalberg played a little more than 14 minutes a game during the regular season, in which he had nine goals and 14 assists. But in the postseason, he’s averaged just 10:52 — lowest among the Hawks’ regulars — and was benched for the first two games against Detroit, and the first two games against Boston. He has no goals and three assists in 15 games. He’ll be back in the lineup for Game 3 Monday night at TD Garden, replacing Brandon Bollig — whose turnover in overtime led to Daniel Paille’s game-winning goal in Game 2. But he’ll be on the fourth line with Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik, and he’s not likely to see a ton of ice time as a result.
Blackhawks’ Viktor Stalberg back in lineup for Game 3
Chicago Sun-Times | Jun 17