Blackhawks’ Dave Bolland has a game to forget
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org June 17, 2013 11:46PM
2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three
Updated: July 19, 2013 6:39AM
BOSTON — Almost nothing went right for Blackhawks center Dave Bolland, the once-acclaimed playoff performer, in the Hawks’ 2-0 loss in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at TD Garden.
Bolland had his stick lifted and the puck stolen from him on the Boston Bruins’ first goal and was five seconds out of the penalty box when they tallied their second. He was 1-for-7 in the faceoff circle and spent six minutes in the penalty box.
What did coach Joel Quenneville think of Bolland’s performance?
“We’ll reassess and re-evaluate the game,” Quenneville said.
It has been an erratic postseason for Bolland, who didn’t meet the media after Game 3. Every time it looks like he has turned the proverbial corner, he follows it up with a frustrating mistake or an opponent getting the better of him.
On Monday, Bruins winger Daniel Paille swiped the puck from him and immediately turned, fired and beat goalie Corey Crawford for a 1-0 lead at 2:13 of the second period.
Later in the period, Bolland was sent off for cross-checking Bruins center Chris Kelly. The ensuing power play turned into a five-on-three advantage for 10 seconds when defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson was called for tripping. Five seconds after Bolland’s penalty expired, center Patrice Bergeron scored.
“Certainly I liked our first [period],” Quenneville said when asked about Bolland. “[I] didn’t mind our third. [We] lost a lot of momentum on their first goal. Five-on-three situation was something. That was the game. We’ve got to make sure that every play is critical, every shift is important, value being out there and doing the right thing. Managing the puck is kind of what we’re talking about on those situations.”
The Hawks’ struggles in the faceoff circle — outside of center Jonathan Toews — have been a concern for a while. But what happened in the circles in Game 3 was terrible.
The Bruins won 71 percent of their draws. It was the Hawks’ worst performance of the series. Bergeron dominated, winning 24 of 28 draws. He was 8-for-10 against Toews and 8-for-8 against Michal Handzus (0-for-10 in the game).
Their struggles were so bad that Quenneville lumped them in with the team’s woeful power play.
“You can talk about that and our power play,” Quenneville said. “Those were basically the differentials in the game.”
In the way
The Bruins continue to get in the way of the Hawks’ shots. They had 17 blocks Monday after having 18 on Saturday. The Bruins totaled 40 blocked shots in the epic three-overtime opener.
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg had a team-high six blocks Monday.
“We try to stay compact in our zone,” Seidenberg said. “Once the puck is bobbled, if you see a chance to pressure them, we do that. For the most part, we’ve been doing a good job keeping them to the outside. Then there’s Tuukka [Rask].”