After what coach Joel Quenneville described as "an audible after warm-ups," the Blackhawks dressed seven defensemen against the Red Wings on Sunday. With Sheldon Brookbank added to the game roster, the blueliner saw some shifts at wing on the fourth line during the Hawks' 2-1 shootout victory at Joe Louis Arena. Quenneville also double-shifted Patrick Kane in the first period and rolled the top three lines down the stretch. With the Hawks in the middle of a stretch of seven games in 11 days, double-shifting is an arduous task, but Kane was up for it. "He always asks if you're ready to go and I always say yes," said Kane, who topped Hawks forwards with 23 minutes, 29 seconds of ice time. "You always love the ice time and the chance to play. Sometimes you're a little bit tired, but once you get out there and get off the ice for a little bit, you seem to catch your breath pretty quick." Said Quenneville of asking Kane to pull double duty: "Kaner is one guy who has never said no. Some guys are dead tired and you can tell and you don't even bother asking. (With) Kane, you look at him and he's ready to go." Quenneville wouldn't reveal why he made the late change to the lineup. Forwards Brandon Bollig and Jamal Mayers were scratched. "We made an adjustment," Quenneville said. "You could look at it, whether it was an injury or whatever. Nobody was hurt." Mr. 1,000: Marian Hossa played in his 1,000th career game and afterward said it was an emotional time until the opening faceoff. "We talked about it before the game (and) the guys congratulated me, so obviously there were some emotions in it, but as soon as the puck dropped it was just another game," Hossa said. "I tried to focus and do my thing. But definitely it is nice we (extended) the streak in my 1,000th game."
Hawks' Kane never shirks double duty
Chicago Tribune | Mar 4