John Scott replaces Bryan Bickell
CHICAGO -- Coach Joel Quenneville had a simple response when asked why 6-foot-8, 258-pound forward John Scott would make his playoff debut Sunday night in Game 3 of the Chicago Blackhawks quarterfinal series against the Vancouver Canucks.
"Size," Quenneville said.
The Canucks played physical in jumping out to a 2-0 series lead, registering 92 hits combined. Scott hoped to combat that and maybe do even more damage.
"I've beat up a couple of their guys," Scott said Sunday morning after practice. "I think it's in the back of their heads, hopefully. If I can get someone to go [Sunday night] I'll be happy to be oblige."
Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa didn't seem too concerned about facing Scott.
"A guy that's 6-8 and challenges you, but can't skate ... usually you go around him," Bieksa said. "There are other 6-8 guys in the league. Why doesn't he challenge those guys to fight?"
Scott took Bryan Bickell's place in the lineup after sitting the first two games. Bickell cut his wrist in Game 2.
"Quenneville hinted to it to me [Saturday]," Scott said. "I was jacked up as soon as he told me. I couldn't sleep [Saturday night]."
Joining Bickell in street clothes for Game 3 was forward Tomas Kopecky who left early in Game 1 after suffering a head injury. Both players were given "consideration," according to Quenneville, and center Dave Bolland.
Bolland has been out of action since March 9 recovering from the effects of a concussion.
"I'm feeling good," Bolland said. "Now it's just about feeling good from here on out. I feel like I am ready but just need getting passed by the [doctor]."
Quenneville all but declared Bolland available for Game 4.
"Every day is more encouraging," he said. "Today there was some consideration. We're optimistic next game being able to rejoin us."
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.