Ex-Blackhawk Bolland continues heroics in third for Leafs

Ex-Blackhawk Bolland continues heroics in third for Leafs
October 3, 2013, 9:30 am
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Vinnie Duber

Dave Bolland's final goal as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks won them the Stanley Cup, coming with 59 seconds remaining in the third period of Game 6 of this summer's Cup Final.

Well, being traded to a different team hasn't rid Bolland of his knack for third-period heroics.

In Bolland's second game with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, the ex-Blackhawks forward scored twice in the third, providing the difference in Toronto's 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Bolland scored what proved to be the game-winning tally just two and a half minutes into the third, making it his second game-winning score in his last three games (Game 6 being the first). He then added a second goal on a power play with 23 seconds left in the game. So it's not just the third period, but there's also something about that final minute that Bolland seems fond of.

And, in even more interesting news, Bolland became the second member of the 2013 Stanley Cup champs to score twice with a new team in the NHL's opening week. Michael Frolik, now playing for the Winnipeg Jets, scored a pair of goals — including the game-winner — in the Jets' 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Not a bad way for those guys to kick off their post-Hawks careers.