Blackhawks' Kane on Bickell blasting Byfuglien: 'That was awesome'

Published Dec. 7, 2015 10:46 a.m. ET

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell re-introduced himself to the lineup by barreling into former teammate Dustin Byfuglien during Sunday's game against the Central Division-rival Winnipeg Jets.

Bickell's blast on the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Byfuglien provided quite the jolt for the team, forward Patrick Kane told CSN Chicago following the Blackhawks' 3-1 win.

"That was awesome," Kane said of the first-period hit by the 6-foot-4, 223-pound Bickell, who was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League earlier on Sunday. "We all like Big Buff over here, but I think that's something we're missing a little bit from our team game. It kind of set the tone for the game."

Bickell was sent to the IceHogs on Nov. 2 after finishing without a point in his initial seven games of the season with the Blackhawks. The 29-year-old Ontario native inked a four-year, $16 million deal following the 2013 Stanley Cup title.

(h/t CSN Chicago)