• Asher Klein
  • It was Dave Bolland bobblehead night for a game of important bounces.

Last night’s bout between the Blackhawks and what was the number one team in the NHL, the New York Rangers, was all about returns.

The first of three home games for the Hawks marked the return of key defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, back from a concussion, while captain and leading goal scorer Jonathan Toews wasn’t back from his own—he was sorely missed when the Hawks tumbled to a 5-1 loss in Saint Louis on Tuesday. That loss conjured memories of February’s nine-game losing streak along with ugly rumors that another bad result might doom the team’s Stanley Cup-winning coach, Joel Quenneville. It seemed only a return to the win column would save him.