Blackhawks go big at home

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:48 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Go big or go home? The desperate Blackhawks are doing both.

They're back in the powderkeg known as the United Center and they're dressing 6-foot-8, 270-pound forward John Scott for Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal with Vancouver.

And he's not in the lineup to dangle.

Asked what Scott brings to the lineup, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville gave a one-word answer: "Size."

And size might matter to the Hawks, who are down 2-0 and have been on the receiving end of 92 hits through the first two games of the series.

"Q kind of hinted at it Saturday," grinned Scott. "When he told me I said 'Hell yeah, let's do this.'"

Scott's plan is, well, to be big. In front of Roberto Luongo, for starters.

"Anything I can do to try and get him off his game, get in his face a little bit, I'll be there in front," he said, adding he knows the Canucks well. "We go back to (my) Minnesota days, I beat up a couple of their guys. I'm looking for some of that again, hopefully. If I can get someone to go tonight I'll be happy to oblige."

"I'm almost 6-9, 270, I have to throw my weight around a little. I don't want to get crazy, just hit as many guys as I can."

The Canucks aren't likely to engage the big guy.

"I remember him fighting Alex Bolduc, and it didn't end so well for Alex," said Tanner Glass. "He's a big guy, and a tough guy to fight. He brings an element to their game that maybe they feel they're lacking."

The series appears to be heating up on all fronts, with hard-hitting Raffi Torres, fresh off a four-game suspension, coming in for the Canucks. Torres isn't even waiting for the puck to drop to get involved, suggesting that Chicago's skill guys are a little timid.

"Everybody's throwing hits," said Torres. "It's fun to see. It almost looks like he (Kane) doesn't want the puck at some points."

It was a charge Kane quickly denied.

"I don't think that's the case," said Kane. "I'm a player that when I'm on the ice, all of us want the puck all the time, especially myself. I'm a better player when I have the puck. I try to get it as much as possible."

As for coming home, the Hawks admit they need all the help they can get from the best playoff atmosphere in the NHL.

"It's a fun building to play in, we know that, especially the guys who were here for last year's playoffs," said Patrick Kane. "I'm sure they're going to be pretty revved up.

"They (Vancouver) had their fun at home, now we can have ours. Hopefully we come out with a good start and do to them what they did to us, get a lead and build off that."

Scoring first is crucial.

"We have to take advantage and get some momentum back in our game," said Quenneville. "It's a fun place to play, with what the fans and the noise can bring us, but we have to generate it ourselves with a good start."

The Hawks still believe the deficit is as much about what they're not doing as what Vancouver is.

"We looked at some things in both games that we didn't do so well," said Toews. "We can't wait any longer to correct those mistakes."

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