Dave Bolland's scoring slump appears to be over, and it's just what the Chicago Blackhawks need as they emerge from a tough stretch.
The reliable veteran Bolland had two goals and an assist, and Chicago got two goals 23 seconds apart from rookie Jimmy Hayes and Victor Stalberg in the second period of a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
''Right now we're rolling, and it's a good thing,'' said Bolland, who has four goals in three games after scoring just one in the previous 18. ''Things are working in the offensive zone, and we're getting quick outs (from the defensive zone).''
The play of the 6-foot-6 Hayes and fellow rookie Andrew Shaw, who also had a goal Thursday, has helped compensate for the loss of Patrick Sharp, who is out for several weeks because of an injury.
Chicago has won two straight on the heels of a four-game losing streak.
Hayes scored the tiebreaker on the power play in the second, planting himself in the crease and taking a nifty pass from...