Dave Bolland Returns, Blackhawks Blow Canucks Out of Chicago

Let's not waste time with the box score.

Kevin Bieksa should have received an instigator penalty for jumping Viktor Stalberg in the final five minutes of the game.

And Raffi Torres, who the NHL decided didn't need to be suspended again, got kicked out and was hit with 10 penalty minutes. Torres went out of his way to make it obvious what a failure it was by the league office to not suspend him by taking every shot he could.

But beyond the (expected) cheap shots, Tuesday night's game was a clear example of what happens when a champion gets backed into a corner. And they have John Scott waiting.

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If any Blackhawks fans - including me - had taken Dave Bolland for granted, he showed precisely what he's worth to the team with a four-point night. He was absolutely dominant, scoring a goal and adding four assists while winning five of 11 faceoffs.

Oh, and the Blackhawks remembered how to be physical!

  • Troy Brouwer - 8 hits
  • Bryan Bickell - 8 hits
  • Viktor Stalberg - 6 hits
  • Chris Campoli - 6 hits

The Blackhawks came out on fire and ran the Canucks out of the United Center. What they did in the final 40 minutes was precisely what fans had been begging for over the last two months of the regular season and first three games of this series.

They put the hammer down and finished.

Michael Frolik had an exceptional game next to Bolland, scoring his first career postseason goal and adding two assists. Patrick Sharp also had two goals, Patrick Kane had two assists, and Bickell, Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell each had a goal in the blowout.

Now the series goes back to Vancouver for a fifth game. Whether or not the league reviews the Torres and Bieksa situations will be interesting, but the Blackhawks need to bring the same intensity three more times for their season to move on past this round.

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  • If they don't review the plays, Brian Campbell gets one free head hunt. Of course once again this wouldn't be good for hockey. But since they don't want to mandate shots to the head like every other league, they might as well embrace them. Also I think the increase in hits are a direct result in the Sedin twins going minus 7! Just a thought!

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