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Burish back in lineup to provide energy

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In an attempt to crank up the energy and emotion for Game 2 on Monday night, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville turned to a familiar source, putting Adam Burish into the lineup.

It was only the fourth appearance of the playoffs for Burish, even though the Hawks were 3-0 with their fourth-line agitator in uniform.

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Make it 4-0 after the Hawks' dramatic come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Canucks at the United Center.

"I don't think it's a secret that when I get back in the lineup what I'll bring and what I provide," Burish said following Monday's morning skate. "I think that's something that's important at playoff time.

"At the end of the day, I want them to say, 'Man, I hate playing against this guy,' or, 'He (ticks) me off every time he's in the lineup.' I think I can provide that and bring that, and when it's my turn, I'll bring it."

Burish is an energy guy, and the Hawks certainly needed some kind of jolt after their emotionless effort in Saturday's 5-1 loss in Game 1.

"We feel there was a lot more energy in our tank coming off the first game," Quenneville said. "We're disappointed with the way the whole game played out. If we go along at that pace, we're in trouble."

Ben Eager joined Burish on the fourth line with John Madden, and the trio was a factor.

At one point the Jumbotron caught Burish and Eager chirping at Vancouver's Alex Burrows, much to the delight of the crowd.

"They were awesome," Patrick Kane said. "When they were shown chirping Burrows it really got the crowd into it. They're energy-type players, and they did a really good job."

Bryan Bickell and Jordan Hendry were scratched, with Troy Brouwer replacing Bickell on the first line to start the game. But Brouwer was a quick minus-1 and saw only 5:31 of ice time.

Dustin Byfuglien began the night on defense in Hendry's spot, but was quickly moved back to wing with Toews and Kane in place of Brouwer.

Calling it close: Referees obviously got the memo from the NHL office before the playoffs about watching closely for too many men on the ice and goaltender-interference penalties.

There has been a glut of calls for both infractions in the first two rounds.

Dustin Byfuglien, whose job it is to stand off the crease and pester goalies on the power play, says not even a little bumping is being let go.

"They're being serious about it," Byfuglien said. "I think it's a little stupid that they're calling it so strict now that it's playoffs and then let us go so far through the year."

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo admitted he is coming out of the crease more for a better angle on a shot.

"I'm on top of the crease, but they're actually coming out and trying to challenge and they're running into me," Byfuglien said.

Stay tuned: Hawks assistant coach John Torchetti is being talked about as a candidate for the head-coaching vacancy in Atlanta. Former Hawks assistant general manager Rick Dudley is the Thrashers' GM.

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