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Top Line Comes Through As Blackhawks Square Series With Another OT Win

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By Steve Silverman

(CBS) Joel Quenneville is not too stubborn for his own good.

He heard the whispers that had turned into dull roars. There were serious questions about his line combinations.

The Blackhawks had not scored a goal since the first period of Game 2 and they had no semblance of sustained offense in Game 3. Surely he couldn’t keep Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane separated any longer.

No, he couldn’t. Quenneville put those two together on the same line and he also added hard-nosed Bryan Bickell to the unit.

The result was an energized team that found its skating legs and scoring touch in a 6-5 overtime victory, the third game in the Stanley Cup Final to go into extra time.

The hero was Brent Seabrook, who seems to specialize in ending overtime games. It was Seabrook who eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh game on an overtime wrister.

This time, it was a slapshot that was too much for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. The Finnish goalie had been spectacular in the first three games of the series, but he looked very human in giving up six goals to the Blackhawks.

While the win was the big news and it allowed the Blackhawks to tie the series 2-2, it was the play of Toews and Kane that excited the Chicago locker room.

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