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Dave Bolland plays vs. Stars

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland made his season debut in the team's home opener Saturday as the Hawks faced the Dallas again, one day after falling to the Stars 2-1 in Dallas.

Bolland scored two goals as the Blackhawks won 5-2.

Bolland had been out a week with an upper-body injury, but coach Joel Quenneville declared him "100 percent and ready to go."

Bolland gave the Hawks three skilled centermen as Patrick Kane remained in the middle for a second straight game. Quenneville is feeling better and better about the All-Star's position change.

"I think he has the puck a lot more when he is in the middle," Quenneville said before the game. "He's going to play center again. I thought he did a good job there."

Quenneville said he wasn't surprised by Kane's holding up defensively as a centerman. Saturday was his fifth game overall, including preseason, he's played in the middle.

Marcus Kruger, just recalled from Rockford for Brandon Pirri, centered the fourth line and knows he needs to "show more."

"I need to do more on offense," Kruger said before the game. "I think I'm getting there, being more comfortable out there. That's the game I used to play back in Sweden. I'm going to work hard to try and bring that over here.

"Confidence is the most important part. When you're confident you make better plays out there."

Quenneville acknowledged the Stars were more physical than the Hawks, outhitting them 37-19 on Friday, but said some of that was due to the Hawks having the puck more than Dallas. Kari Lehtonen was the No. 1 star of the game on Friday, but backup Andrew Raycroft started for the Stars. Corey Crawford started in net for the Hawks again.

Sami Lepisto and John Scott were the healthy scratches for the Blackhawks.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.