Dave Bolland, the Toronto Maple Leafs center who returned to the United Center for the first time since scoring the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup game-winning goal, was saluted with a standing ovation at puck drop.
The Hawks continued their ten-year long streak against the Leafs with a 3-1 victory in an Original Six matchup Saturday night.
Brandon Pirri had a goal and an assist while Bryan Bickell and Michael Kostka also scored for the Hawks. Corey Crawford extended their point streak to five games with his fourth win in the last five games. Nazem Kadri‘s second-period power-play goal was the only Leafs goal.
Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier was peppered with 40 shots, while his team mustered 20.
Bickell scored his first goal of the season and the opening tally of the night off his own rebound. The Winger scooped up his rebound, circled to the side of the cage and sent a forehand shot pass a diving Bernier for a 1-0 Hawks lead.
Kadri converted on the Leafs power-play when he redirected a pass from Joffrey Lupul to tie it 1-1.
Kostka became the third Hawks player in eight days to score his first career goal for the Hawks. The Defenseman rifled a wrister from the right-circle into his former team’s net to regain the Hawks lead.
Pirri scored the Hawks first power-play goal and his second goal in three games this season off a Brandon Saad feed.
The Hawks return to the ice in Sunrise, Floria at the BB&T Center against the Florida Panters on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. CT (CSN-CH/WGN 720).