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Blackhawks try to stay sharp during playoff break

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013
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Bolland skated on the third line with Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw on Saturday, and Ben Smith played alongside captain Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Brandon Saad and Viktor Stalberg each had on a white practice jersey and were on lower lines than usual.

"A couple of the guys, we wanted to have a look see," Quenneville said. "See how it goes."

Asked specifically about what Saad could do better following the series against the Wild, Quenneville said: "I think he (can) keep it simple and advance the puck and don't always feel like you've got to make a play."

Saad picked up an assist on Hossa's second goal in the clinching victory over the Wild for his first point of the postseason. The left wing had 10 goals and 17 assists in 46 games in the regular season. He also led all NHL rookies with a plus-17 rating.

"Not playing my best is something you use for motivation really," said Saad, criticizing his own play against Minnesota. "It's not a time to get frustrated, especially, still playing hockey, still winning, so it's all good stuff."

Bolland and goalie Ray Emery missed the first-round series with lower body injuries, but Quenneville said he expects both players will be available for Game 1 against Detroit or San Jose. Emery teamed with Corey Crawford for the NHL's best goalie tandem this year, but it might be difficult for Emery to get back on the ice after Crawford was so good against Minnesota.

"Both guys have been big parts of the team," forward Patrick Kane said. "Razer had a great season. Bolly's been a big playoff performer for a long time here, so it'll be nice to get them both back whenever they're ready."

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