Sunday, November 13, 2011
Dave Bolland out for 3rd straight
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks were without center Dave Bolland for the third straight game when they beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 Sunday night in a game featuring two Western Conference division leaders.
Bolland hurt his right leg while blocking a shot last Tuesday in St. Louis.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Bolland will travel with the team Monday as they embark on a six-game road trip.
"Hopefully he gets to play in one of the first two games," Quenneville said.
The Blackhawks stuck with the same lineup which has won them the last two games, which included slow-footed defenseman John Scott playing against the speedy Oilers.
"They play a real solid team game," Quenneville said before the game. "We're going to have to play in our own end and improvise off that."
Corey Crawford started in goal for Chicago, while former Blackhawk Nikolai Khabibulin started for the Oilers. Entering Sunday's play, Khabibulin led the NHL in goals against average at 1.18. His save percentage of .957 also was tops in the league.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.