Center Bolland realizes he can’t afford a 3-peat in Game 4
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com June 18, 2013 9:22PM
Updated: July 20, 2013 6:51AM
BOSTON — Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wants to make sure center Dave Bolland learns from his Game 3 travails — the errant play that led to the Boston Bruins’ first goal, the three penalties he took, the 1-for-7 showing in the faceoff circle.
“Yeah, [it was] one of those nights — tough night,” Quenneville said Tuesday of Bolland’s performance. “Certainly, [you] can’t take three [penalties]. I think you got to be smarter about it when you do take one, that maybe you [don’t] put yourself in that spot again.”
Bolland vowed that there won’t be another “tough night” in Game 4 on Thursday. He knows the Hawks need him. He knows it has been the Bruins’ third line of Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin that has performed well in the last two games, while he and the rest of the Hawks have been held in check.
“It makes a huge difference when you have the depth of the third or fourth line that contributes and is doing those things to help out,” Bolland said.
“I think I have to bring a lot more in Game 4, for sure. I think, for myself, bringing that puck to the net, and when I do have that puck down low, just not throwing that puck away.”
Has it reached the point where Quenneville turns to a line of Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane? He typically goes to it at times like these when the scoring dries up.
“We’re talking the last couple of days here, it’s scoring chances and scoring goals — [there’s] not a lot of room, not a lot of space,” Quenneville said when asked if a reunion was in order. “We’ll take them anywhere in any way. We’ll see how we go along here, what the lines will be.”
Even though he used tough guy Brandon Bollig in the first two games of the Final and has a veteran sitting and watching in Jamal Mayers, Quenne-ville always said it was Ben Smith who was in line to play in Game 3 if Marian Hossa could not go.
“Ben, we were very comfortable if Hossa was out, he was going in at that time,” Quenneville said when asked about Mayers.