"We definitely wanted to get the lead, but I didn't necessarily think it was going to be the only one scored all night until the empty-netter," Toews said.
"We've played together so much over the years, whether we're together or not during the whole season, we can go out there and just play hockey," Toews said. "We know each others' games really well. I think a big reason we had success last year is we had Bicks out there, creating a lot of space and he made some great plays. If we can get the puck to him, he's got a big shot, too. There's a lot of good things going there."
Quenneville inserted that line before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals last spring. It answered with five points in that game, five points the next game and three in the clincher.
In a perfect world, you spread out Kane and Toews to balance the lines. But hey, smoke 'em if you got 'em.
"Two special players," Quenneville said. "They feed off each other, anticipating offensively, 'see plays, make plays.' They're a threat off the rush, in the zone. They're two pretty amazing players."
Quenneville said he tries to "stay away from the goalies," but he met with Crawford on Sunday, something he characterized as "basically commending him, accepting that responsibility" to take blame for the first two losses.
Goaltenders take a lot of heat, especially in the postseason, where reputations are cemented. But the fans chanted Crawford's name Monday.
"I've seen him play some really great games before where the crowd is chanting his name," Toews said. "It's something he'll remember. I think for anyone out there on the ice, it's amazing when a player has that effect on his team and everyone on the building."
Playoff hockey returned to Chicago for the first time since June. Now it's up to the Blackhawks to keep it here.