SOG: 18 | +/-: -1
That means the Boston Bruins witnessed the return of "The Rat" -- the well-earned nickname he's carried through countless battles in the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- Wednesday night at United Center in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The Blackhawks outlasted the Bruins 4-3 in a triple-overtime classic in which Bolland played his best overall game of the postseason. He scored his first goal of the playoffs eight minutes into the third period to cut Boston's lead to 3-2, a key play that came 1:51 after Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a seemingly comfortable two-goal lead on a power play.
More than 60 minutes of game time and nearly three periods of extra hockey later, Bolland tipped a shot by Michal Rozsival that deflected off Andrew Shaw's leg into the net for the game-winner. Just like that, "the Rat" was back.
"Coming back from that injury, you miss two to three weeks and you get left behind a little bit," Bolland said afterward. "I think for myself, my confidence just wasn't where it would be [normally]. Now, it's back to that old hockey I'd been playing."