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06-26-2013, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Shady Machine View Post
I don't know if this is just an excuse, but Q hinted that Bickell was injured and he didn't want to give him that many minutes early in the Boston series so he split up the lines. Now obviously he could have kept Kane and Toews together but that particular line wasn't used due to Bickell having a nagging injury.
Yeah, I remember watching the interview when he said exactly that, and I remember thinking at the time that it sounded like a very Bylsma-esque excuse for not doing the right thing because you wanted to show everyone how clever you are.

Personally, I think it was yet another case of a coach believing Chara was actually a Cyborg sent back in time to kill Toews & Kane, and had to have "balance" at all costs even though it was clearly not working, and the rest of the hockey world was questioning his very sanity.

Like I said, the difference was the 'Hawks managed to win their first game, so when he finally did the right thing, the series was only 2-1 and well within reach.

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