BOSTON -- Matchups sometimes dictate decisions on line combinations, so Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't fully admit he was wrong to separate forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final.
"You always get second-guessed," Quenneville said Wednesday night.
Center - CHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 10
SOG: 67 | +/-: 6
But now he might be second-guessing himself after watching his reunited top line of Toews, Kane and Bryan Bickell produce a pair of goals and help set up Brent Seabrook's overtime winner in Chicago's wild 6-5 equalizing victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.
Toews, Kane and Bickell combined for two goals and three assists. Toews broke a 10-game goal drought in the second period, and Kane scored his first of the series 2:08 later. Bickell had the first assist on Kane's goal and on Seabrook's winner 9:51 into overtime.
"Maybe it looks like I didn't know what I was doing," Quenneville said, laughing at his comment, minutes after the Blackhawks tied the best-of-7 series 2-2.
It was a moment of levity following nearly 70 minutes of roller-coaster hockey, but you wonder if somewhere in Quenneville's coaching mind he's thinking about what could have been had he put this line back together earlier in the series.