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Struggling Dave Bolland looking to turn things around

Chicago Blackhawks Vs Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings Damien Brunner battles with Chicago Blackhawks Dave Bollfor lose puck.

Chicago Blackhawks Vs Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings Damien Brunner battles with Chicago Blackhawks Dave Bolland for the lose puck. Saturday May 18, 2013 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: May 20, 2013 12:15PM



Despite being whistled for five penalties and getting no points in his first two postseason games, it’s still full speed ahead for Dave Bolland. It’s the only way he knows.

Bolland is supposed to be instigating and scoring. Instead, he’s slashing, roughing and sitting. He was a minus-2 in the Blackhawks’ 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series Saturday. In two games, he has spent 24 minutes on the ice and 10 in the penalty box. He had a breakaway in Game 1 and was stopped by Jimmy Howard.

But Bolland never gives up and usually finds a way to make an impact. With Viktor Stalberg’s impending return to the third line and Michael Handzus not practicing again Sunday, it’s likely Bolland will be moved from the third line to Handzus’ spot centering the second line for
Game 3 on Monday in Detroit.

And even on a line expected to score, Bolland won’t change his game. The Hawks need his physical presence even more now.

‘‘I think we’ve got to be more physical,’’ Bolland said. ‘‘I don’t think we [were] last game. You give [Pavel] Datsyuk, [Henrik] Zetterberg, [Johan] Franzen and those guys space, they’re going to do something with it. You can’t give them any advantage of not getting hit.

‘‘We’ve got to be laying the body and making sure their players know that we’re coming and there’s no chance.’’

That has been a fine line Bolland has been on the wrong end of so far. He has been penalized five times — three times for roughing and twice for slashing.

‘‘It’s a fine line,’’ Bolland said. ‘‘You have to obey the rules.’’

Road-ice advantage?

The ice surface at Joe Louis Arena suits the Hawks, who were 2-0-0 there in the regular season, including a 7-1 blowout.

‘‘Certain buildings have faster ice or maybe smoother ice, or there’s maybe a quicker pace,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘There’s a lot of good buildings that the ice is good, and our ice has been not a problem; I’m not complaining about it. But they’ve got good ice.’’

Pushed around

The Hawks still are smarting from the way Zetterberg roughed up Jonathan Toews in Game 2.

‘‘I thought it was easier on their top guys than it was on our top guys [physically], and I think that’s something we’ve got to look at,’’ Quenneville said.



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