Dave Bolland’s dream: 50 goals
By Ben Meyer-Abbott bmeyer-abbott@suntimes October 21, 2011 12:56AM
Updated: November 22, 2011 8:41AM
DENVER — Perhaps the best thing about the answer Dave Bolland gave when asked how many goals he was hoping to score this season was the look on Jamal Mayers’ face.
“I don’t know,” Bolland said before the Blackhawks’ game Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche. “It’d be nice if I got 50.”
One stall over in the visitors’ locker room at the Pepsi Center, Mayers’ eyes appeared as if they were going to pop out of his head before he deadpanned, “Why limit yourself?”
Even coach Joel Quenneville piled on when he heard about how many Bolland was hoping to score..
“Yeah, well I do, too,” Quenneville said. “But we’re dreaming.”
For the record, Bolland doesn’t have a number in mind. .
“Hopefully the goals will come, but [the priority] for myself is taking pride in my defensive zone and taking care of that first of all,” Bolland said. “That’s what’s going to win us games.”
Bolland leads the Hawks with four goals, a number he reached on Dec. 29 last year in his 29th game.
Duncan Keith was on the ice for all five goals Tuesday against Phoenix to improve to plus-2.
“Yeah, that’s a change,” Keith said. “It’s nice to be plus, for sure.”
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom won the Norris Trophy, given to the league’s best defenseman, with a minus-2 rating.
The Hawks-Avalanche game featured two players — Marian Hossa and Colorado’s Milan Hejduk — who have 11 consecutive 20 goal seasons. Jarome Iginla has the longest active streak of 20-goal seasons with 12.