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Quenneville shakes up Blackhawks' lines

by Brian Hedger
CHICAGO -- After losing two straight close games, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was not pleased with his team's defensive effort.
First he talked about players needing to take pride in keeping pucks out of the net. Then after two days off, the Hawks returned to practice sporting a completely new look heading into tonight's game at the United Center against Los Angeles.
Patrick Kane, whose minus-7 rating is worst on the team, was bumped from the top line to the third line with center Dave Bolland and Viktor Stalberg -- who was promoted from the fourth line. Patrick Sharp, whose 8 goals lead the team, was then moved from second line center to left wing on the top line with center Jonathan Toews and Jack Skille -- who was also moved up from the fourth line to replace Kane.
"I always seem to find a message whenever he bumps me down the lineup," Sharp said on Wednesday. "I think it's good. It keeps people on their toes. You don't want to get too comfortable playing with the same two guys or too comfortable with your position on the team."
The changes didn't stop there. Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky were both moved to the second line to join Troy Brouwer, while fourth-line center Jake Dowell will be joined by former third-line forwards Bryan Bickell and Fernando Pisani -- who has no points and is a minus-3.
Kopecky, who looked good in faceoff drills Wednesday, hasn't played center since he was a Detroit Red Wing. He's not anticipating it being a problem.
"It's nothing new to me," he said. "I've just got more responsibilities. I'm just going to try to play my best defense and the offense is going to come."
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