Chicago Blackhawk left wing Bryan Bickell is skating through the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a career record of 11 points (8G,3A). The 6’4” third linesman is only one goal away from matching his regular season record, and is currently tied for second with teammate Patrick Sharp in the league for postseason goals.
Number 29 could have easily tied for first (with Boston Bruins’ David Krejci) last night during the Blackhawks’ 3-2 win over the LA Kings, if it weren’t for Patrick Kane’s flying attempt to make darn sure that the puck went in the net.
In addition to posting 5 points in the last 5 games for the Blackhawks, Bickell has 2 game winning goals under his belt and boasts the opening goal for the Hawks in the last two games.
A switch has definitely been flipped in Bickell and he has found a way to connect pucks to the back of the net. While his hockey career is probably far from over, it could be the Bickell realizes this may be one of the most viable chances for him to get his name forever stamped on the Stanley Cup.
Despite playing four games for the Blackhawks during the 2009-2010 playoffs and contributing at least one assist, Bickell was not on the ice in Philadelphia to raise the cup with his team, nor was his name immortalized on the silver chalice.
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Bryan Bickell has been a tremendous contributor to the Chicago Blackhawks roster all season long. He positions himself well, holds his own, and has grown into the postseason player we are depending on, even earning a brief trip up the Chicago’s top line for all his efforts.
Bickell is a true nod to the Blackhawks’ offensive depth being the standout advantage Chicago has enjoyed over many of its competitors. In fact, the Blackhawks’ third line is responsible for at least 15 playoff goals, and all three forwards (Bickell, Shaw, Frolik) are among the top five postseason goal scorers for the Hawks.