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Dave Bolland has been very effective on the third-line.
Dave Bolland has served as the Blackhawks' shutdown guy on the third line.
He's been pretty effective in that role, helping the Hawks shut down some of the top scoring lines in the NHL. Most notably, the Sedin twins of the Vancouver Canucks, whom he has trifled with more than once in the playoffs.
But when you talk about Bolland, you have to mention how his influence affects other players on the team. Bolland's determination and ability to play defense may inspire his teammates to pick up their games.
Just look at the first round of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup playoffs, when the Blackhawks took on the Canucks.
Bolland was out the first three games of the series with a concussion, which the Hawks lost and saw them go down 3-0. His return in Game 4 sparked the team in a way that led them all the way to a Game 7 showdown.
The Blackhawks would go on to lose that series in overtime of Game 7, but their ability to come back after being down 3-0 is a testament to what Bolland does for this team.
It also helped that he was able to shut down the Sedin twins and effectively get into Roberto Luongo's head.
Don't underestimate a guy like Bolland, he's far too valuable to leave behind.