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Quenneville strikes gold with Bolland line combo

Wednesday, 04.20.2011 / 6:46 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / 2011 WCQF: Vancouver-Chicago Live Blog

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Quenneville strikes gold with Bolland line combo
The Blackhawks are saying the return of center Dave Bolland helps balance their forward lines by giving coach Joel Quenneville another center and allowing him to put speedy Michael Frolik back on the wing.

It worked like a charm on Tuesday night in a 7-2 blitzing of the Canucks in Game 4 of the series, as Bolland's line -- he centered Bryan Bickell and Frolik -- combined for 3 goals and 8 points.

"Bolly and Bick always played together and Fro, we like the way he's responsible on both sides of the puck and has some upside offensively," Quenneville said before departing for Vancouver on Wednesday. "We haven't seen a lot of it, but he's capable of being in the right spots around the ice. Collectively it was a real nice unit."

He also was pleased with the other three combinations.

"I liked the lines," Quenneville said. "We had energy on all the lines. All three lines could score and make plays and there was something defensively to the lines, as well. It was one game but it was a big difference."
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