CHICAGO -- When the seventh-seeded Detroit Red Wings stunned the Chicago Blackhawks by winning three consecutive games in the Western Conference Semifinals and pushing the Presidents' Trophy winners to the brink of elimination, coach Joel Quenneville needed something to wake his dormant offense.
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Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings had suffocated the top offensive club in the conference and grabbed a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Quenneville, who preached balance the entire season, went in the other direction.
Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp, who normally skate on the second line, were placed on the flanks of captain Jonathan Toews to reunite the "Super Line." That trio proved to be dynamic, and the Blackhawks staged a second-round comeback with three straight victories.
Not to be forgotten was another big move, one that helped make the "Super Line" strategy work and continues to pay dividends after Sharp and Kane returned to the second unit for the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings. Quenneville made veteran Michal Handzus, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks at the NHL Trade Deadline, his new No. 2 center.