Dave Bolland

Dave Bolland made another monumental play in 2013 playoffs before '17 Seconds'

Dave Bolland made another monumental play in 2013 playoffs before '17 Seconds'

Former Blackhawks forward and two-time Stanley Cup champion Dave Bolland is mostly remembered for the '17 Seconds' in which Bryan Bickell and he each scored with under 1:16 left in regulation to take a 3-2 lead and win the Stanley Cup in 2013's Game 6 of the Final against the Boston Bruins. 

Another remarkable play made by Bolland can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago's "Hawks Rewind" of Game 7 of the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday at 4 p.m.

The Hawks had climbed back after being down 3-1 in the series, due to three straight losses, to force a game seven at the United Center. It was the last year the longtime rivals would be in the same conference. 

With 1:47 remaining in regulation, a Niklas Hjalmarsson goal, that would have given Chicago a 2-1 lead, was disallowed due to controversial roughing penalties behind the play for Brandon Saad and Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey. 

Things were looking grim for the Hawks, who had valiantly battled their way back, seemingly only to be cheated out of a victory they earned. Saad had been launched into the Wings' bench and picked up and thrown down to the ice by Quincey. The Hawks rookie forward received his roughing penalty for retaliating by barely swatting at Quincey from his back. The game should have been over.

Everyone remembers what came next: Brent Seabrook's beautiful overtime goal to propel the Hawks through the rest of the postseason and his yell to the UC rafters while being mobbed by his teammates after the fact.

Seeing the determination and fight that the Blackhawks had against insurmountable odds and the way they pulled out one of the most memorable goals and wins in team history, it was hard not to feel that the Cup was theirs already at this point, unless you were a member of the team that still had a lot of work to do.

"You can't really sit there and say, 'We're going to win this,'" Bolland said over the phone. "The Stanley Cup is a tough trophy to win, it has to be the hardest trophy to win out there. But we had a great team that year. I think we had a lot of leadership through Seabs and Tazer and Kaner. All the guys that went through 2010, we knew what it felt like. When you get that first feeling of hoisting it, you want to do it over and over and over again."

What fans may not remember is that Bolland unequivocally made a play to get Seabrook the puck and without him, one of the greatest goals in franchise history never happens. There's no certainty the Hawks would have won Game 7 without the OT sequence that unfolded either.

"That Game 7 against Detroit was a big game," Bolland said. "I know I went and hit (Gustav) Nyquist and Seabsy picked up the puck and had a great shot and put it in the back of the net for the 'W'."

"Hit" is phrasing it modestly. Bolland pulverized Nyquist, with a clean crunch sending him into the boards and down to the ice. The puck Nyquist was carrying found Seabrook, who skated it into the offensive zone and placed a wrist shot perfectly over Jimmy Howard's glove from the high slot 3:35 into overtime. 

Bolland was justly credited with an assist for his efforts. 

The play he made set the table for the goal that saved the Hawks' 2013 postseason life and gave them momentum and confidence they'd ride the rest of the way. 

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Dave Bolland: Antti Niemi was underrated in Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup run

Dave Bolland: Antti Niemi was underrated in Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup run

When remembering the Blackhawks’ 2010 title run, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa get most of the attention.

Dave Bolland, a center on that 2010 team, says goaltender Antti Niemi should get more credit for his role in what was the Blackhawks’ first Stanley Cup in 49 years. Bolland shared that with Eddie Olczyk on NBC Sports Chicago’s “Be Chicago” show on Wednesday.

“Cristobal (Huet) was our No. 1 there and things didn’t work out,” Bolland said. “I think Anti kind of slid in there. That one save he made on (Jeff) Carter, he was unbelievable. He stood on his head most nights. There were some nights he got peppered and our defense might not have been there.”

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The save on Carter referenced by Bolland came with 90 seconds left in regulation of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The puck shifted from Niemi’s left to his right and Carter’s shot came while Niemi was still sliding over. He raised his pad up to make the crucial save.

If Niemi doesn’t come up big there, Kane likely doesn’t get a chance to get the overtime winner and the Blackhawks could be staring down a Game 7 on the road.

“I think Anti stepped up a lot of nights and bailed us out sometimes,” Bolland said. “I think he was one of those guys that was under the radar that really stepped up for us.”

Hawks Rewind: 2010 Blackhawks close in on Stanley Cup Final

Hawks Rewind: 2010 Blackhawks close in on Stanley Cup Final

Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago, watch the Blackhawks take on the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference finals. 

Two of the Hawks' top playoff performers in 2010 would keep it going for Game 3 in San Jose.

Dustin Byfuglien scored in overtime to give Chicago a 3-0 series lead and bring the team incredibly close to the Stanley Cup Final. The Blackhawks hadn't been to the big dance since 1992.

Patrick Sharp stayed hot by scoring a power play goal in the second period.

Another player who regularly checked in during the 2010 postseason, Dave Bolland, scored in the third period.

Bolland's goal came on a breakaway and put Chicago ahead 2-1, but Patrick Marleau tied it up with 4:23 left in regulation to force overtime.

Byfuglien scored his seventh goal of the playoffs 12:24 into overtime for the 3-2 victory. 

Antti Niemi had a stellar 44-save game for the Blackhawks, with five stops in overtime. Niemi and Chicago's penalty kill held San Jose to just one goal in six power play attempts, including the Hawks stopping all three in the third period. 

Jonathan Toews grabbed two assists in Game 3, giving him a point in 12 straight playoff games and setting a Blackhawks record. Stan Mikita had an 11-game streak in 1962.

The Hawks were set for the Sharks to visit the United Center for Game 4.

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