Blackhawks' Bolland looks to rebound from tough night
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Game 3 on Monday night in Boston was anything but a game to remember for Blackhawks center Dave Bolland. "Yeah, one of those nights," coach Joel Quenneville admitted. "Tough night."
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•A swing and a miss on a loose puck that eventually resulted in Boston's first goal.
•Three penalties, including one that led to the only other Bruins goal of the night.
•One for eight on faceoffs (12.5 percent).
Simply put, Game 3 on Monday night in Boston was anything but a game to remember for Blackhawks center Dave Bolland.
"Yeah, one of those nights," coach Joel Quenneville admitted. "Tough night."
For one game at least, the player known as the rat was probably more goat, at least in the eyes of Blackhawks fans — particularly because of the ill-timed penalties.
They weren't alone.
"Certainly can't take three," Quenneville said. "I think you've got to be smarter about it when you do take one that maybe you don't put yourself in that spot again.
"Let's make sure we learn from that."
"It's a fast game and you're always trying to move your feet and trying to get the puck off guys," Bolland said when asked if he was too aggressive in Game 3. "That's the way things go."
As for the discrepancy in faceoffs — Boston won a whopping 71 percent of the draws — Bolland thinks at least part of the explanation is the Bruins' home-ice advantage.
"It always does make a difference (when the home team gets to put their stick down last)," he said. "At home we can see where their feet are, where their stick is, where their hands are. You like to see what they're doing.
"Last chance is definitely an advantage."
So how does a road team combat that advantage?
"I don't know, maybe crowd the circle a little more," Bolland offered.
"I think we're looking at ways that we can at least get it closer to a 50-50 chance for us on most draws," Quenneville said.
If it's not closer to 50-50 on Wednesday night and the power play doesn't pick up, there's a good chance the Hawks head home trailing 3-1 in the series.
"We don't feel frustrated. It's hockey," Bolland said. "This is the way it goes. They're only up 2-1, and we're going to battle through it.
"We're still feeling confident. We had chances and kept their scoring chances to a minimum. You still need a sense of desperation. We're still playing a hard game."
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