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Hayes takes Sharp's spot, third-line reunited for Blackhawks

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Jimmy Hayes, a call-up from Rockford, will take Patrick Sharp's spot on the second line, alongside center Dave Bolland and right wing Patrick Kane. That allows the very effective third line of Bryan Bickell, Andrew Shaw and Viktor Stalberg to reunite. Bickell and Stalberg each had a crack at that spot during the last two games.

"Just watching them today in practice, it's nice to see them back together," Quenneville said. "When you look at it, it's like which line is going to be our best line, and they're capable on a given night being as good as anybody. Seems like they had a lot of jump in practice, as well. [With] the lines being more familiar than the last couple games, hopefully we can recapture that enthusiasm we had when we started."

As for Hayes, the 6-6, 221-pounder has been red hot in Rockford, and just posted his first career hat trick. He had 22 goals and 17 assists with Rockford. He's walking into a golden opportunity, playing alongside Kane.

"He's a really good player, so I've just got to stick to my game," Hayes said. "Just be big, physical, use my speed. He does all the puck work, he's a magician with it, so I just have to read off of him."

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Mark Lazerus was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for three straight years at the Post-Tribune, was named one of the top three columnists in Indiana for three straight years and has won more than 20 statewide writing awards. He has covered Notre Dame for Sun-Times Media, and now covers the Blackhawks.



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