Much more to Hawks than just stars
On the eve of opening game of the Western Conference finals, Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick was asked what it was that concerned him most about the Blackhawks.
Quick mentioned the usual suspects — Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane.
He didn't mention Andrew Shaw, Bryan Bickell, Brent Seabrook or Michal Handzus.
Well, maybe after the Hawks' 4-2 victory Sunday night at the United Center, Quick and Co. better be just as concerned about the Hawks' depth as they are about the Hawks' stars.
"It's always nice to have your star guys produce," said Hawks rookie Brandon Saad, who notched a playoff=career-high 2 assists Sunday, including on Andrew Shaw's goal less than two minutes into the game. "When you have a team where on any given night any guy can score, it's huge."
On Shaw's goal, Saad's hard work led to the pass of the night — a no-look backhander from Viktor Stalberg right to the tape of Shaw's stick — and just like that, the momentum swung to the Hawks' favor.
"I'm not going to take any credit for it," Shaw said. "It was a great turnover by Saad. And Stally made a beautiful pass — caught me coming down the slot."
It certainly got Quick's attention.
"They found Shaw on the weak side there; I think he kind of fanned on his shot," Quick said. "Obviously that's not how you want to start the game, two minutes or three minutes into the game."
And then there was Bickell, whose career-high sixth playoff goal made it 3-0 in the second period. Handzus followed a few minutes later to cap off the Hawks' scoring.
Talk about depth.
"That's something we pride ourselves on — how deep we are," Saad said. "We can roll lines like that and any guy can score any night."
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