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.

Which Blackhawks will be participating in 2017 IIHF World Championships?

Which Blackhawks will be participating in 2017 IIHF World Championships?

The Blackhawks' season ended much sooner than expected after being swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Nashville Predators.

But for some players, their hockey season may not be finished yet.

The IIHF World Championships begin May 5, and an early postseason exit gives several Blackhawks an opportunity to play in the tournament.

With the National Hockey League saying it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, players may be more inclined to join given the uncertainty of when they'll be able to represent their countries again — if ever, for some.

Here's an update on which Blackhawks players could be participating:

— Patrick Kane said Saturday he's taking the weekend to mull over Team USA's offer, and will make a final decision in the next "day or two."

— Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each declined their invites from Team Canada, electing to use a lengthy offseason to recharge and focus on training for the 2017-18 NHL season.

— Corey Crawford and Nick Schmaltz said they have not been contacted by their respective countries, but both said they would consider going if they are.

— Artemi Panarin has reportedly already accepted Team Russia's offer to play.

— Niklas Hjalmarsson said he's "thinking about" Team Sweden's offer after the NHL's decision not to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics. "Who knows when I'll ever get a chance to play for my country again, so that might be factor," he said.

— Marcus Kruger said he's talking with Team Sweden officials, and has expressed interest in going.

— Marian Hossa said he informed Team Slovakia that he will not be playing: "Let the young guys play."

— Richard Panik will not be participating either, saying he doesn't want to risk injury as he seeks a new contract.

Jonathan Toews will make 'little changes' to offseason prep

Jonathan Toews will make 'little changes' to offseason prep

Jonathan Toews gave a succinct "no" when asked if he'd consider playing in the World Championships next month in Europe. For the Blackhawks captain, his 2016-17 season wasn't where it needed to be.

So instead of helping Team Canada across the pond, he'll prepare to help the Blackhawks more next season.

Toews will use this offseason in a variety of ways, including taking some time completely off to heal and rest. And while there's a lot of time between now and the Blackhawks' training camp, Toews said competing in the World Championships would take up a good amount of time he'd rather use to be ready for the fall.

"At this point of my career, going through the last couple of years the way things have played out, there are some little changes here and there with how I approach my preparation, especially the last summer being a long offseason and coming in feeling I was as prepared as I could be and still not getting to the level of play I wanted to this season," Toews said on Saturday. "There are some things I have to re-evaluate and think about this offseason. There's no satisfaction there but definitely take a different approach with how I prepare for next season. I didn't get to the level I needed to be to help our team survive a little bit longer in this last series, so I have to be responsible for that as well. Just look back, assess and see what you can do differently."

Toews had a slow start to the season and then missed three weeks with a reported back injury. Much like the rest of the Blackhawks he started heating up in February and finished the regular season with 21 goals. But it was another quiet postseason for him, as Toews had just one goal in the four games against the Nashville Predators, and that was a late-regulation power-play goal in Game 4.

So was Toews dealing with a physical issue? Asked how healthy he was, Toews said, "well, that's kind of one of the things I'm hitting on," but didn't get more specific than that. Coach Joel Quenneville said some of the Blackhawks' key players, "have some issues they're taking care of, but I don't think it's going to be to that extent to where it's long term care." Quenneville also said any health issues had nothing to do with what happened in this series. Toews certainly wasn't using it as an excuse, either. As for the future, Toews said he'll reconfigure his workout, training regimen, whatever necessary to be better next season.

"Just the way the speed of the game has changed the last few years. I've always been the type of player who likes to play heavy and protect the puck in the corners. It seems the strength has been a factor but also the speed in my game that I used to have in my younger years," Toews said. "I have to get back to playing more puck possession, more speed on the rush. That right there is one little thing. But I think the skill part is another thing I'll have to focus on and trying to get back to playing the way I can."