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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is not afraid to tinker with line combinations — not in the regular season and certainly not in the postseason. Not before games and certainly not during games.
In many cases, his changes have paid off. In Game 3 Monday night, it didn’t. The coach’s decisions, especially pertaining to captain Jonathan Toews, were head-scratching at best.
Forced to improvise after one his top playoff performers, Marian Hossa, was a late scratch with an upper body injury, Quenneville shook Chicago’s combinations from top to bottom.
He plugged the struggling Toews on a line with fourth-line regulars Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik.