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Hendry steps in when Hawks need him

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DENVER -- Jordan Hendry may have earned himself another game at wing with his performance against the San Jose Sharks.

Hendry scored the Hawks' only goal - his first this season -- as fellow defenseman-turned-wing John Scott and center Jake Dowell assisted. He played 8:18 and had three shots and a big hit on Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray.

"He had a good game," Quenneville said. "That line was effective in a lot of ways. It was a big goal for that line as well. He looked comfortable out there. He did a lot of good things."

It was Hendry's first game since Nov. 7. It also was much better than the last game Scott and Hendry both played wing in the same game. Neither Scott or Hendry were much of a factor when they played together in a loss to the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 3.

The game Saturday was different.

"We've been practicing a little more at forward lately together," Hendry said. "Practicing line rushes and stuff like that make you more comfortable out there in a game."

Hendry also sees wing as another opportunity to crack the lineup with Quenneville seemingly content with his defensive pairings for the time being.

"It's been a while since I played," he said. "I just wanted to get out there and create some for my linemates and bring some speed and energy to fourth line. We did a pretty good job.

"It's a little different. But I just go out there and play loose and just pay attention in video sessions and picking our guys' brains on what to do. I was playing right wing. So I was just watching other right wingers and kind of mimic them and trust my instincts as a player."

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