Bryan Bickell scores in return to Blackhawks’ lineup
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter February 3, 2014 4:20PM
Updated: February 4, 2014 12:47AM
LOS ANGELES — Coach Joel Quenneville isn’t sure if heat or ice is the proper treatment to snap forward Bryan Bickell out of his funk. But he’s going to keep trying both.
After sitting out the previous two games and three of the last four as a healthy scratch, Bickell returned to the lineup against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. He immediately responded with a goal on a three-on-one to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead early in the first period before the Hawks earned a 5-3 road win over the Kings.
It’s Quenneville’s latest attempt to spark Bickell, who has struggled to regain the form that made him a force in the run to the 2013 Stanley Cup.
Bickell has seven goals and nine points and is a minus-8 in 40 games. Since scoring in four consecutive games in October, Bickell has scored three goals in his last 25 and is a minus-10 in that span.
‘‘I’ve got to do whatever it takes to get back,’’ Bickell said after the morning skate at Staples Center. ‘‘Sitting out the last couple of games, it’s tough. But I know this team needs me to bring my physicality — and coming into these last three games before the [Olympic] break, I need to do it every game, every shift.’’
Rested Hossa starts
Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus did not participate in the morning skate. Hossa started against the Kings. Handzus was a scratch.
Though Hossa is being rested for ‘‘maintenance,’’ Quenneville said he is not concerned with Hossa wearing himself out by participating in the Olympics.
‘‘He’s fine,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘I don’t think that’s an issue at all.’’
Defensemen Sheldon Brookbank and Michael Kostka were also scratched.