Dan Hamhuis’ head shot irks Dave Bolland
BY BEN MEYER-ABBOTT AND ADAM L. JAHNS April 22, 2011 10:36PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Dave Bolland wasn’t happy about the hit he took to his head from Dan Hamhuis on Thursday during the second period of Game 5.
Hamhuis was finishing a check in the corner of the Vancouver Canucks’ defensive end when he clipped Bolland’s head with his arm.
Bolland, who only returned to the lineup in Game 4 after missing 17 games since he suffered a concussion March 9, was incensed and broke his stick over the boards at the Hawks’ bench.
“Yeah, he definitely didn’t look happy after that,” Jonathan Toews said Friday at O’Hare International Airport. “He felt that there should have been a call, and he showed the way he felt.”
Instead, it was Bolland who was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. Toews said he and his teammates didn’t mind being a man down.
“We liked the emotion, we liked his enthusiasm, so we killed the penalty off,” Toews said. ‘‘Just as long as he doesn’t run out of sticks, we’ll be all right.”
It was interesting that the hit came from Hamhuis, who missed 18 games during the regular season with two separate concussions and was outspoken regarding his apprehension about his health for life after hockey.
But the Canucks defenseman, who told reporters in Vancouver on Friday “my hands probably were up a little bit,” didn’t feel Bolland was in any position to criticize him for his hit.
“I wasn’t out to hurt anybody, and you see what he did the other day to Christian Ehrhoff in the first period [of Game 4] with the elbow to his head,” Hamhuis said, “So I don’t know if [Bolland] is one to really be one to making accusations either.”
Big bad John
The war of words between Hawks tough guy John Scott and Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa has yet to take a day off. Scott was upset that Bieksa grabbed and fought Viktor Stalberg in
Game 4 and came charging in after Troy Brouwer in Game 5.
“I was dying to get a run at Bieksa [in Game 5],” Scott said. “He kind of jumps everybody. I was hoping to get a chance to run into him.”
Scott made sure to let Bieksa know his thoughts after he scuffled with Brouwer at the end of the second period Thursday.
“Just reminding him he’s a terrible hockey player,” Scott said. “Someone has got to tell him that. He’s not a good hockey player.”
Seabrook may return
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said defenseman Brent Seabrook, who missed Games 4 and 5 with a concussion, could skate with the team today.
“We’ll call [Seabrook’s status] day-by-day,” Quenneville said. “[Today] we’ll get on the ice and hopefully we’ll get a better indication.”
Seabrook was injured when Canucks pest Raffi Torres blindsided him with a shoulder to the head in Game 3. Many Hawks players thought the hit should have gotten the forward suspended.