On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On October 25, 2006 The Vancouver Canucks shut out the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 in the United Center. The Blackhawks were playing without their top scoring threat in Martin Havlat and top goalie Nikolai Khabibulin who were both sidelined by injuries.
Due to the injuries of Havlat, Tuomo Ruutu, and Michael Handzus, Dave Bolland made his NHL debut on this date. It was not a spectacular debut getting one shot on goal and a -1 rating while being on the ice for 11;44. It was though, the beginning of a fan favorite career so far in Bolland. Since that less then inspirational debut Bolland has collected 63 goals and 91 assists, but most will credit him for his fantastic defensive play in the 2010 Stanley Cup run where he shut down each opponents best line on the way to the championship.
Bolland’s importance was shown even brighter in the 2011 playoffs when after missing the first 3 games of the hated Canucks series which Vancouver took all 3, Bolland returned and helped lead the Hawks to 3 straight wins and a game 7 Overtime which the Hawks lost as long as the series. It will always be a question of what if Bolland had played the first three games of that series.
Bolland always seems like the talent unrealized guy during the regular season who turns it up a few notches come the playoffs. Everyone points to his 57 goal season in juniors and asks where is that scoring routinely, but no matter how many pucks hit the back of the net his star will never dim by how few pucks hit the back of our net in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.
If you must know the Sedin’s both scored in the game on October 25th and newly acquired from the Florida Panthers Roberto Luongo recorded the shutout. Who cares about the game anyways the date belongs to Bolland!
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