Kane, Toews step it up on new lines

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

DETROIT -- The Chicago Blackhawks young dynamic duo had to fly without each other.

They certainly proved they can be just as much a threat when apart.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were separated as linemates for last night's Western Conference final game against the Detroit Red Wings, and both were much better than in the opener. Toews scored both goals for the Hawks in their 3-2 overtime loss.

Kane may have been held off the scoresheet, but was a threat time and time again.

"Game 1, I didn't mind the way they played, but they were better tonight," said head coach Joel Quenneville.

"I thought our whole group was way better. We had more consistency in our individual games and team games as well.

"But I thought they both had real good games."

Toews played mainly with Troy Brouwer and Dustin Byfuglien, while Kane moved to a line with Kris Versteeg and Sami Pahlsson.

Kane, who had no shots on goal in the opening game, fired three on net and had another couple just miss.

Even in defeat, Toews was able to see big positives from Kane, the dynamic winger.

"He was everywhere, handling the puck really well and moving his feet. He was definitely a threat to score tonight," Toews said. "It's easy to criticize a guy like that, everybody's going to look to him to score in a situation like this, but we know he's bring his best game every night.

"We'll look for him to keep playing that game. He's going to score a big one for us down the road.

"We enjoy playing together, but being split up gives us a different look. I think all four lines have guys who can score, we all have that ability. It worked for our line, but everybody's got to look at being a little hungrier."


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