VANCOUVER, B.C. -- After battling back from a March 9 concussion to dress in Game 4, Dave Bolland has been affective at both ends of the rink.
The 24-year-old had a goal and three assists as the Blackhawks embarrassed the Canucks 7-2 on Tuesday night. The Mimico, Ont., native has also helped to hold Vancouver's big line of Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Alexander Burrows in check: The Canucks' big trio has just one goal among them and are a collective minus-11 in the two games since Bolland's return.
Bolland had also been rather disciplined with the exception of two minor penalties – one of which came Thursday night in the second period of Chicago's 5-0 win.
Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who was finishing a hit on Bolland in the corner of Vancouver's zone, caught Bolland's head with his arm on the follow-through, sparking outrage from Bolland, who broke his stick at the Blackhawks bench and was subsequently handed a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
The ironic part is Hamhuis himself has battled concussion issues this season – he missed 18 games this season with two separate concussions. Hamhuis was also vocal on the notion of having to worry about his life after hockey when he suffered his first concussion – all which sparked the question of ‘what was he thinking?' when he hit Bolland on Thursday.
"It wasn't even really much of a hit it was just kind of a bit of a follow-through and he wasn't too happy about it after, but it was no intent to hurt," he said. "My hands probably were up a bit, but there was no penalty on the play."
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville, who admittedly didn't see the entire play, had this to say regarding the incident during his post-game meeting with the media.
"You look at the hit. I don't know if (the refs) saw it or not, but you could argue that hit. (Bolland) wasn't happy with it."
As far as the respect level between the two players, Hamhuis didn't hold back on Friday.
"I wasn't out to hurt anybody, and you see what he did the other day to Christian Ehrhoff in the first period with the elbow to his head," Hamhuis said, "so I don't know if (Bolland) one to really be one to making accusations either."