Dave Bolland returns with big game as Blackhawks win home opener
BEN MEYER-ABBOTT ON THE BLACKHAWKS October 8, 2011 11:28PM
Chicago Blackhawks Vs Dallas Stars 3rd-Period, Chicago Blackhawks No.36 Dave Bolland celebrates his open net goal with teammate No.67 Michael Frolik Saturday evening. I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
BLACKHAWKS 5, Stars 2
Dallas 0 1 1 — 2
BLACKHAWKS 1 2 2 — 5
First Period—1, HAWKS, Brunette 1 (Sharp, Kane), 8:06 (pp). Penalties—Leddy, Chi (hooking), 5:11; Morrow, Dal (tripping), 5:15; Ryder, Dal (hooking), 6:50; Dowell, Dal, major (fighting), 9:26; Mayers, HAWKS major (fighting), 9:26; Kruger, Chi (holding stick), 14:25.
Second Period—2, HAWKS, Bolland 1 (Kruger, O’Donnell), 7:39. 3, HAWKS, J.Toews 1 (Seabrook, Hossa), 11:22. 4, Dallas, Fiddler 1 (Burish, Goligoski), 12:35. Penalties—Robidas, Dal (hooking), 3:55; J.Toews, Chi (slashing), 9:14; Wandell, Dal (hooking), 13:43; Ott, Dal (high-sticking), 14:53.
Third Period—5, HAWKS, Sharp 1 (Montador), 5:10. 6, Dallas, Souray 1 (Ja.Benn), 10:07 (pp). 7, HAWKS, Bolland 2 (Frolik, Bickell), 18:14 (en). Penalties—Sharp, Chi (cross-checking), 8:25; Sharp, HAWKS minor-misconduct (tripping), 11:22; Dallas bench, served by Fiddler (too many men), 14:00; Burish, Dal, misconduct, 19:49; Ja.Benn, Dal (roughing), 19:49.
Shots on Goal—Dallas 2-7-12—21. HAWKS 10-15-6—31.
Power-play opportunities—Dallas 1 of 5; HAWKS 1 of 7.
Goalies—Dallas, Raycroft 0-1-0 (30 shots-26 saves). HAWKS, Crawford 1-1-0 (21-19).
A—21,674 (19,717). T—2:19.
Referees—Frederick L’Ecuyer, Dan O’Halloran. Linesmen—Brian Mach, Anthony Sericolo.
Updated: November 16, 2011 11:27AM
This was the kind of start the Blackhawks were looking for.
After a lackluster performance at times in their season-opening loss Friday in Dallas, the Hawks came alive before a sellout crowd in their first home game Saturday at the United Center.
Dave Bolland returned from an upper-body injury to score two goals, and the Hawks’ newcomers shined in a 5-2 victory against the Dallas Stars.
‘‘Any player can feel a difference when [Bolland] is in,’’ said captain Jonathan Toews, who scored on a breakaway and was a plus-1 in nearly 221/2 minutes of play, with newcomer Andrew Brunette joining him and Patrick Sharp on the top line. ‘‘He’s always doing a great job playing against the other team’s top line. You realize how tough it is, especially when you lose a centerman. It doesn’t matter who it is; it just gives your team so much more depth up front.’’
Brunette and fellow offseason acquisition Jamal Mayers punctuated an energetic first period in which the Hawks seemed to check off the problems that plagued them Friday. They got more bodies in front of the net and ramped up their physical play.
Brunette scored his first goal with the Hawks on a power play midway through the first period
after screening Stars goalie
Andrew Raycroft, then slamming home a rebound.
Mayers put his physical stamp on the game in a first-period fight with former Hawks forward Jake Dowell.
‘‘I thought everyone wanted to come out with a strong effort, and I thought we played a much better game tonight,’’ Mayers said after his first home game with the Hawks. ‘‘The guys were moving their feet and supporting the puck really well.’’
Former Hawks winger Adam Burish made his presence known for the Stars after missing the
season opener Friday. He assisted on a goal by Vernon Fiddler midway through the second period, then confronted Bolland, who had shouldered the Stars’ Philip Larsen to the ice, at the end of the period.
But Bolland struck a bigger blow when he scored from the point 7:39 into the second to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. After the goal, he stared down Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas for good measure.
‘‘We were good in our defensive zone,’’ said Bolland, who added an empty-net goal with 1:46 left.
‘‘Everyone was helping out, and that’s the key thing in getting a win. Just being back there and taking care of our defensive zone, the offense will always come.’’
Toews and Sharp both scored their first goals, and Corey Crawford turned in a strong performance for the second consecutive game with 19 saves. Toews’ goal came on a breakaway set up by
defenseman Brent Seabrook.
‘‘Once you get your timing down and you get on the same page with your linemates and the [defensemen] you’re out on the ice with, you figure things out and kind of conserve that energy and use that speed and that energy at the right time,’’ Toews said.