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Bryan Bickell can't explain playoff hot streak

CHICAGO -- Even in the midst of another resurgent postseason, Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell can't find the words to explain what it is that clicks for him this time of year.

"I wish I had the right ... " Bickell said before ending his sentence Monday, a day after scoring his NHL-leading sixth goal in the playoffs during the Hawks' 2-1 victory over the Wild in Game 5.

Bickell then added: "I don't know."

In addition to the six goals, Bickell has three assists for nine points. This followed a regular season in which he had 11 goals and four assists in 59 games. During the Hawks' run to the Stanley Cup in 2013, Bickell had nine goals and eight assists in 23 games after a regular season with nine goals and 14 assists.

During the '14 postseason, Bickell has been particularly lethal at the United Center, where the Hawks are 6-0, with goals in five consecutive games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bickell is the first Hawks player to do that since Patrick Kane did it April 16-May 3, 2010.

After regrouping, Bickell took another run at solving the mystery of the Great Bickell Bounce Back.

"You get the buildup in the regular season to get to the playoffs and the playoffs are where it really, really counts," Bickell said. "I don't want to say the regular season doesn't count, I just enjoy this time. We don't practice much, which is good. The city is behind us, our fans (and) just the atmosphere in the dressing room, it gets me fired up."

Bollig redux: If the series goes seven games, the Hawks will have Brandon Bollig available after he served a two-game suspension for his hit on the Wild's Keith Ballard in Game 4. Coach Joel Quenneville had no comment on the suspension that came when the NHL determined Bollig charged Ballard and caused an upper-body injury to the defenseman.

"Bollig, he's got to be a player that plays on the edge, (and) finding that line there," Quenneville said. "Just make sure you're playing hard. I don't think we want him to change his style of play but knowing that there's always a line you have to be mindful of."

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