Myers: Bolland day-to-day, doubtful Sunday


Myers: Bolland day-to-day, doubtful Sunday

Friday, March 11, 2011
Posted: 11:26 a.m.
By Tracey Myers

WASHINGTON, D.C. Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland is still feeling the effects from that Pavel Kubina elbow to the head, and is doubtful to play Sunday against the Washington Capitals.

Bolland did not practice on Friday, two days after taking that elbow from the Tampa Bay defenseman, and hes officially listed as day to day. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is still not happy with that elbow, which got Kubina suspended for three games.

We get no benefit; we lose a player and we dont get a power play. It was a dangerous hit, Quenneville said. The league knows what the comparables are on that type of infraction. I wasnt happy with the hit at all. I would say thats one that when you look at it, its probably the hit (the league) talks about that they dont want in the game.

Meanwhile, defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell all missed practice on Friday. It was mostly a maintenance day, especially for Hjalmarsson and Keith, who are nursing hand injuries. Campbell (leg), who like Hjalmarsson got some stationary bike work in on Friday, was progressing well.

Hjalmarsson and Keith will play Sunday and Quenneville is hopeful Campbell will, too.

Soupy progressed today, Quenneville said. Were happy with the way he feels, well see how he is tomorrow. His progress the last couple of days has been good.
Walter Reed inspiration

The Blackhawks were awed by their visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Thursday. Players, who met with wounded soldiers and their families, were humbled by the experience.

It was amazing, Toews said. One kid I met was 22 years old, he joined (the army) five days after his high school graduation. I think hed just been injured a couple weeks before yesterday. Some days when you feel good about what youre doing on the ice, it doesnt mean much compared to what those guys are doing.

Many were struck by how young the soldiers were.

Guys were 20, 21, 22 and you cant imagine yourself in that situation. It makes you realize how fortunate you are that you can walk or write, Patrick Kane said. Its amazing to think all these guys who are injured have such a positive outlook on life. Theyre special people.
Twitter me this
Patrick Sharp has joined the Twitter world, or at least is an active participant at the moment. The Blackhawks forward already gained a couple of thousand followers after he tweeted about the teams trip to Walter Reed on Thursday.

But Sharp doesnt foresee being an uber-active member.

I dont know how far Ill take it, he said. I just felt going into Walter Reed was good reason to fire out a tweet. I didnt realize Id get so many followers right away. Ill tweet about the White House experience and see how it goes. My focus is on playing hockey and Im not taking anything away from that. Its nice to see different comments but dont be surprised if it doesnt last long.

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

Five Things from Blackhawks-Maple Leafs: Richard Panik stays hot

Five Things from Blackhawks-Maple Leafs: Richard Panik stays hot

This Five Things was headed for a lot of negativity before the final three minutes of regulation. But thanks to the Blackhawks’ third-period comeback, this one won’t sting as much as Friday’s installment.

So while you all celebrate the Cubs going to a World Series, let’s look at Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 5-4 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1. Waking up just in time. The Maple Leafs haven’t played their best hockey in third periods – entering Saturday’s game, they’d been outscored 6-1 in that frame. But for 17-plus minutes of the third it didn’t look like the Blackhawks were going to take advantage of that stat. But they would, salvaging a point out of nowhere with two goals within a minute (Artem Anisimov at 17:32 and Richard Panik at 18:32). Better late than never.

2. The Richard Panik show continues. The forward said he doesn’t think about Toronto anymore, that it’s all about the team he’s with now. But looking at his celebration on his game-tying goal late in the third period, there had to be a little motivation to score against the Leafs, right? The Blackhawks don’t care who the opponent is, and Panik now has six goals to start the season.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

3. Power play fizzles. Ah, thought we were going to talk about the other special teams? In a second. The bigger problem on Saturday was the Blackhawks’ advantage, on which they went 0-for-6. It took until overtime, when their fifth power play was a 4-on-3 for them to really generate anything against the Leafs.

4. Late-period goals hurt. The Blackhawks looked set to enter first intermission with a 1-0 lead but Tyler Bozak scored with just 14 seconds remaining. They could’ve had a 2-2 tie entering the second intermission but James van Riemsdyk scored with 1:44 remaining in the second. Again, the Blackhawks overcame that. But coach Joel Quenneville talked about the loss of momentum in games, and here are two examples of it.

5. The Auston Matthews show. The Leafs phenom didn’t score a goal on Saturday but there’s no doubt he had his effect. His speed was especially on display on William Nylander’s goal; Matthews drew several Blackhawks and Nylander had a rather open net on the rebound.

Blackhawks rally to beat Maple Leafs in shootout

Blackhawks rally to beat Maple Leafs in shootout

As the clock ticked down to under three minutes remaining in regulation, the Blackhawks were looking at more negatives than positives.

Their power play wasn’t working. Their penalty kill was 1-for-2 and they were trailing 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. But just when it looked like the Blackhawks were headed for their second consecutive loss, they pulled out a comeback.

Richard Panik scored the game-tying goal against his former team and Artemi Panarin scored the shootout winner as the Blackhawks came back to beat the Leafs 5-4 on Saturday night.

Tyler Motte scored his second goal in as many nights and Artem Anisimov had two goals. Scott Darling stopped 30 of 34 shots through regulation and overtime. The victory didn’t erase some of the issues the Blackhawks still have, some of which showed in this one, too. But it brought some needed relief.

“It was a big win in a lot of different ways,” said Duncan Keith, who had two assists, including the primary one on Panik’s goal. “I know it’s still early but I think we were able to put some pressure on there. And anytime you get big goals like that late in the game when they’re needed, it’s a confidence boost and something we can build off.”

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

The end looked like it was going to be frustrating, especially after William Nylander’s second goal of the night gave the Leafs a 4-2 lead about five minutes into the third. But Anisimov scored his second goal of the evening with 2:28 remaining to pull the Blackhawks to within 4-3. Just one minute later, Panik scored his sixth of the season to tie it 4-4.

Panarin’s shot in round three of the shootout, coupled with Darling stopping Mitchell Marner’s wrist shot, sealed it.

“Obviously we were down 4-2 and came back against a great team. That helps our confidence,” Panik said. “Everybody’s pumped about a win so that’s a good sign.”

The Blackhawks will take it but they know they had their problems in this one. Their power play went 0-for-6. That included two 4-on-3 opportunities in overtime. They allowed another goal on their penalty kill, although they did snuff out another Toronto power-play opportunity in the third period.

“It’s one,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We need several, several, several to get excited. But certainly that was, we’ll say, timely.”

The Blackhawks still have a long way to go this season. That penalty kill still needs work. They want more consistent play. But considering how this was looking with about three minutes remaining in regulation, they’ll take it.

“We’re certainly fortunate to come back in a game like that,” Quenneville said. “There have been a lot of comebacks in the league this year and we’ve given up some leads ourselves. That was a little different way of going about it. There are some positives but more so how we played in the third period. But we still lose a lot of momentum in the game. That’s what we’ve got to shore up.”