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Quenneville expects is team to respond, especially on home ice.

“I don’t think we’re shying away from contact,” he said. “Whether it’s our support men or our puck possession game, we can be stronger and better.”

After getting blanked 2-0 in the opener, the Blackhawks have one source of optimism _ they finally got some pucks past Luongo in Game 2 and were denied a tie after a frantic last-minute rush.

They got a lift from rookie and former Boston College star Ben Smith, who scored two goals.

“Trying to beat him on the initial shot, you’re not going to have much luck,” Quenneville said of Luongo. “You got to penetrate the slot in front of him and hang around in that area.”

NOTES: Vancouver second-line LW Mikael Samuelsson was a late scratch Friday because of illness but could play Sunday. … Quenneville said RW Tomas Kopecky, who got hurt in the opener and missed Game 2, is progressing. LW Bryan Bickell, who left the ice holding his wrist Friday night, will be re-evalutated Sunday, and center Dave Bolland is doubtful with a concussion. Bolland missed the final 14 games of the regular season.