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Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg out for Game 2

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Speedy winger Viktor Stalberg will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game today as the Blackhawks host the Red Wings for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Stalberg was scratched for Game 1 to make room for Dave Bolland, returning from a groin injury that kept him out of the first-round series against the Minnesota Wild. Bolland moved to third-line center, bumping Andrew Shaw to right wing and Stalberg out of the lineup.

After an impressive Game 1 win, there was virtually no chance Quenneville was going to put Stalberg back in and shake things up.

"We had to get Bolly in a winning lineup from Minnesota," Quenneville said. "I don't like changing too much, but we wanted to get him in the lineup. It's comparable to what we've done throughout the season. We'll see. We can adapt and we can change at any moment."

The other candidate to be scratched with Bolland's return was fourth-line left wing Daniel Carcillo. But Carcillo played well in Game 1 in limited action, playing just 6:04 but picking up the primary assist on Marcus Kruger's third-period goal.

"I liked his game," Quenneville said. "I liked when he came in the last series, as well. I thought he gave us some energy and purpose behind his game, as well. Not a lot of minutes, but I thought he brought energy to all the shifts, and was in the right spots, too."

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Crap.

Stahlberg is a spark, and we needed his speed today. Carcillo and Bolland both played awful and put us short-handed multiple times.

Nice coaching, Q!

Worst coaching move, his speed is irreplaceable

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