Despite still facing elimination in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there seems to be more optimism surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks going into Game 5 than there was before Game 4.
After a 5-goal win in Game 4, the Chicago Blackhawks have given themselves a chance to make a historical comeback.
Not to get all biblical or anything, but Dave Bolland breathed life into the Blackhawks Tuesday night. In his first game back from a concussion, Bolland posted a goal and three assists in the Hawks 7-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
If it wasn’t clear before, Dave Bolland’s importance to the Chicago Blackhawks is now very obvious.
The Blackhawks received some good news and some bad news on Tuesday. The good news is that center Dave Bolland will return to the lineup. The bad news is that defenseman Brent Seabrook won’t play in game four.
A day after taking an apparent head shot from Raffi Torres, Brent Seabrook took exception to the league’s decision not to suspend the Vancouver forward.
The list of walking wounded grows for the Blackhawks. Neither Bryan Bickell nor Tomas Kopecky will play Sunday night for the Hawks, although coach Joel Quenneville said both of them got “consideration.” John Scott will suit up in one spot.
Forward Troy Brouwer will play for the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday as the team opens its first-round playoff series with the Vancouver Canucks. However, center Dave Bolland will not play.
While center Dave Bolland traveled with the Chicago Blackhawks to Vancouver, and practiced with the team on Tuesday, his status for the opening game against the Canucks is still uncertain.
Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville is optimistic that forwards Dave Bolland and Troy Brouwer will be able to play in the team’s first round matchup with the Vancouver Canucks.
Joel Quenneville continues to be optimistic about Patrick Sharp’s return.
Heading into Tuesday night’s game, the Chicago Blackhawks sit in eighth place in the Western Conference, three points ahead of the Calgary Flames. And there might not be much reason to worry about their seed, as long as they get in.
There is a special athlete at United Center. He has lifted his team around him and seemingly single handedly led them through a rough period and has them in position for an exciting final few weeks of the season.
Earlier this month, the Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Florida Panthers, and that was with their leading scorer Patrick Sharp. Now the Blackhawks will try avenge that loss without their injured forward.
In the March 9 game agaisnt the Tampa By Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks’ center Dave Bolland took an elbow to the head and has missed every game since, with what is suspected to be a concussion.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina has been suspended for three games for his hit on Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland.
Ryan Johnson, Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane scored in a 4:32 span early in the third period to break open a tight game, and the Blackhawks extend their winning ways to 7.
The Chicago Blackhawks have surged back into the middle of the NHL playoff race, stringing together six consecutive wins. But as well as they’re playing now, they’ll need to play just as well down the stretch.
The Chicago Blackhawks have won five consecutive games and played themselves right back into the middle of the playoff race, in large part due to the play of Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.
The Chicago Blackhawks picked up two big points on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Wild. But if they want to reach the playoffs they’ll have to have that same result again Friday night.