VANCOUVER -- Dave Bolland won't play for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Canucks in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, but the center is still optimistic he will take the ice at some point in the series.
"I have it in my head that I want to play in this series," Bolland said Thursday. "That's what I want but it's just how my head reacts to getting back."
Bolland, who suffered a concussion March 9 when he took an elbow to the head from the Lightning's Pavel Kubina, revealed he's also getting therapy for a whiplash resulting from the hit.
"It's still day by day, that's basically how these things work," Bolland said."It's frustrating. You think you're going to just go out there and play. One day I'll feel great to go out there and another day it's just like bang. There's still therapy I have to do. Doing that is slow but I want to be out there."
Bolland has not yet been cleared for contact and will have to go through testing and concussion protocols before returning to game action. The veteran participated in two-on-two drills with teammates Fernando Pisani, John Scott and Marcus Kruger on Thursday while the rest of the Hawks had the day off from the ice.
"Your awareness is probably the big (symptom)," Bolland said. "Just playing two-on-two with some of the guys you're still looking around and you're not sure where the guy is or where he's coming from. My awareness is one that I have to be cautious about."
Keeping positive while enduring the slow recovery is also important, Bolland said.
"It's a slow process--it sucks," he said. "I dread for guys who go through this because it's probably the worst thing ever."
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