Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Posted: 9:45 p.m. Updated: 11:17 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
Dave Bolland went through weeks of dreadful times as he worked through a concussion. On Tuesday he was back doling out that misery to the Vancouver Canucks.
Bolland had a goal and three assists and Patrick Sharp had two goals as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Canucks 7-2 in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Blackhawks, boosted by Bollands return and fueled by Brent Seabrooks absence, were flying from the start and kept the pressure on Vancouver throughout the night.
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(It was a) huge boost, coach Joel Quenneville said. Not just his return to the lineup but that he had some enthusiasm with the quality and quantity of ice time. He had a special night.
The Blackhawks needed motivation to stave off elimination on Tuesday and they got it from several sources. They were frustrated that Seabrook was out after taking a shoulder-to-head hit from Vancouver forward Raffi Torres in Game 3. They were down 3-0. And Bolland, a constant thorn in the Canucks side was back. It all led to the Blackhawks most complete and dominating game of the series.
We played for each other tonight. If we do that, weve got the confidence now that things can go our way, Jonathan Toews said. There was a lot of motivation for our team. We want to play for each other, for guys like Seabs. That was our way of showing a little payback, especially in our own building.
For Bolland, there was no doubt he was coming back for this one. He had taken tests more than a week ago and failed, but he said doctors told him hed be ready around this time. He took and passed the necessary protocol this morning while his teammates participated in skate. Any doubt he was ready was erased pretty quickly as he and linemates Bryan Bickell and Michael Frolik were stellar.
Hes a great player and he showed it tonight, said Frolik, who had a goal and an assist. We had a little chemistry tonight. Hopefully itll keep working.
As for fatigue, Bolland was feeling none of it.
There was no rust to dust off, Bolland said. The first game back is always the one you worry about. I remember coming off back surgery, I was gasping for air on the first one. The speed is tough. But I was training and kept conditioning up (this time).
Bickell had a goal and Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell scored 17 seconds apart in the second period.
The Blackhawks played as a team on Tuesday night. They played for injured teammates as much as those in the lineup with them. And several players and Quenneville said they felt no pressure coming into Game 4. They also dont expect any for Game 5.
We feel if we keep getting better and that puts us in the right spot, Quenneville said. Weve improved every single game. There were some good things that happened tonight but we still havent played our best. Weve got confidence in our team game. Thats a proud bunch.
For Bolland, his personal concussion hell is over. On Tuesday he was just back to giving others headaches.
Chris Campoli and Ryan Johnson get into a scrum late in the third period of Game 4. Things got chippy near the end, but no Vancouver player would drop the gloves with Blackhawks enforcer John Scott. (US PRESSWIRE)
I was just hoping for the win, Bolland said. I didnt think Id get four points. But I got both so it was a fun night.
Have a nice day
John Scott and Raffi Torres left late in the third period after they both received 10-minute misconducts. The duo never scrapped, but apparently yapped at each other instead.
Scott said it was just a little friendly banter.
I just asked him how his familys doing, Scott said. It was a good conversation. We got 10 minutes for having a nice conversation.
Torres said Scott asked him for a scrape.
I think he just said he wanted to beat me up so I was like, OK, great, good for you, Torres told reporters.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.