Killer B's: Brouwer, Bolland boost Blackhawks

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Killer B's: Brouwer, Bolland boost Blackhawks

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011
Posted 8:34 PM Updated 10:10 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks were getting frustrated and outplayed after 20 minutes against the Nashville Predators on Sunday. They were taking terrible penalties, giving up power-play goals again.

Someone had to say something. So during the first intermission some of the Blackhawks players got vocal. Then they all responded.

Dave Bolland had two goals and Troy Brouwer scored the tying and game-winning goals in the third period as the Blackhawks scored four in the third to beat the Nashville Predators 6-3 at the United Center.

The Blackhawks, who lost a 2-0 lead and eventually the game in a shootout to the Predators on Saturday, rebounded to take three of a possible four points out of the two games.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz gave his Predators a verbal lashing between the second and third periods Saturday night, and they rallied for a shootout victory. Off to an awful first period on Sunday, Brouwer said some Blackhawks players did the same.

There were a couple players around the room who made their voices heard in the intermission. Guys take exception to that, especially who they come from, said Brouwer, whose goals came 40 seconds apart in the third. Im not going to say who said them, but when those guys say things like that, it gets everybodys attention.

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So its safe to say captain Jonathan Toews was one of them, right?

Yeah, I mean the good thing is it wasnt just one or two guys. We all knew we had to be better after that first period, Toews said. I think we were all pretty positive, pretty talkative in the locker room. When they scored in the third to go up one goal, we knew that wasnt going to be enough to stop us. We wanted to repay the favor when they came back from a two-goal deficit yesterday. In our building, we wanted to make sure we came up with two points.

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Coach Joel Quenneville, who said hes usually not in the room when players hash things out, was just fine with their talk.

Sometimes theres nothing wrong with players addressing certain situations. As a coach, were all aware of whats going on, he said. Sometimes, coming from them its a good thing.

The Blackhawks still had a bad penalty or two in the second and J.P. Dumonts power-play goal put Nashville up 2-1. But Bolland came through with his second goal, and it was a beauty. Bolland took the pass from Tomas Kopecky, juked Predators defenseman Ryan Suter and scored to tie the game 2-2.

Its fun to make those moves, Bolland said. And it was a big goal for us.

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Down 3-2 with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation, the Blackhawks traded their verbal tirades for a scoring one. Brouwer scored on a Duncan Keith rebound to tie it 3-3, then skated right into the slot and fired another past Anders Lindback 40 seconds later for a 4-3 advantage.

Bryan Bickell and Toews added two more to complete the comeback. Marty Turco, getting his first start since Dec. 30, stopped 20 of 23 for the victory.

When the time comes you just try to go play and I just want to win. It was nice to see the boys rally tonight after being down three different times and played a third period like we could, Turco said. I was the benefactor of some good hockey tonight in the third."

The Blackhawks salvaged their weekend, which was key heading into this five-day break before their next game. They talked it out. More important, they played it out.

Thats what we have to start doing is close teams out like that, Bolland said. We have a tendency of lacking off in the third period. We all have to be a lot better in the last 10-15 minutes of the game with putting the nail in the coffin.

BrieflyBlackhawks players congratulate Jonathan Toews after scoring his 17th goal of the season in the third period. The goal was No. 100 of Toews' career, coming in his 267th game. (AP)

Toews goal was the 100th of his career. Toews, 22, is the fourth-youngest player in franchise history to reach that milestone, after Jeremy Roenick, Bobby Hull and Denis Savard.

Bolland played in his 200th career game on Sunday night.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Blackhawks among teams in contention to land Jimmy Vesey

Blackhawks among teams in contention to land Jimmy Vesey

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said at the ninth annual Blackhawks Convention that he's prepared to enter the 2016-17 season with the roster as currently constructed, but there could be one more addition coming, and an impactful one at that.

Coveted free agent forward Jimmy Vesey will hit the open market on Aug. 15, and the Blackhawks are reportedly among the short list of teams set to meet with him when he's eligible to speak with other clubs next month.

"Chicago will be a team we want to talk to on Aug. 15," Vesey's agent Peter Donatelli told Scott Powers of The Athletic over the phone Monday. "Chicago will be on the list, but it shouldn't be read as they're ahead of anyone else.

"He really has no idea where he's going to be. It's going to be up to the teams to sell him. ... Yes, [we have criteria], but we're interested in what the teams say rather than telling the teams what they have to say."

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Vesey is currently property of the Buffalo Sabres after the Nashville Predators, who originally drafted him with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, traded the 23-year-old left winger's negotiating rights in June for a 2016 third-round selection when it became apparent the two sides wouldn't be able to hammer out a deal.

What makes Vesey and Chicago a perfect match for each other is there's a legitimate spot open in the top-six to potentially play alongside Jonathan Toews, and because Vesey would be signing an entry-level contract, the maximum allowable salary is $925,000 per year, which benefits the cap-strapped Blackhawks.

Vesey is a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist, and captured the award as the best player in college hockey last season after scoring 24 goals and adding 22 assists in 33 games with Harvard University, where he played four years.

The previous two Hobey Baker Award winners are Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames (2014) and Jack Eichel of the Sabres (2015), so the possibility of Vesey landing in Chicago could immediately give the Blackhawks another dynamic scoring option.

CSN to air five Blackhawks preseason games

CSN to air five Blackhawks preseason games

The Blackhawks announced their 2016 preseason television broadcast schedule on Tuesday, and you can catch five of the six total contests here on Comcast SportsNet. 

The Blackhawks will open their preseason slate on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. on CSN Plus when the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins come to town. Their six-game slate comes against just three opponents as they will face the Penguins, Blues and Red Wings twice over the span of two weeks. 

Ticket information for the 2016 preseason will be announced at a later date. 

Here is the Blackhawks' full preseason television broadcast schedule:

David Rundblad, Blackhawks mutually part ways

David Rundblad, Blackhawks mutually part ways

The Blackhawks and David Rundblad have mutually agreed to terminate the defenseman’s contract, as generalfanager.com reported on Monday night.

With the contract terminated, the Blackhawks will not carry any type of Rundblad-related cap hit. If the Blackhawks had bought out Rundblad, they would have carried a $133,333 cap hit this season and a $183,333 the next season.

Per generalfanager.com, the Blackhawks now have approximately $2.3 million in cap space.

Rundblad was placed on waivers on July 1. The defenseman spent part of the 2015-16 season playing in Switzerland. He returned to the Blackhawks last spring and played in three of the team’s seven playoff games against the St. Louis Blues.

But Rundblad could never find a consistent place in the Blackhawks’ lineup. General manager Stan Bowman talked in July of Rundblad wanting a fresh start.

“He’s still a young guy, wants to get back to playing a lot of hockey and that’s why he wanted to go to Europe mid-season. We were willing to honor that request. We’ll let him find a spot where he knows he’ll be a regular player every day,” Bowman said in July. “He has a bright future. We wish him well. But it’s hard as a guy trying to establish yourself in the NHL if you don’t play a lot of minutes. But I think we’ll see David back in the NHL in a few years. I think he wants to find a better fit where he’ll play a lot.”