After helping the Blackhawks capture two Stanley Cups Dave Bolland got his first taste of what it's like to be one of their opponents.

"They're a good team" Bolland said after the Hawks dropped the Maple Leafs 3-1 on Saturday night in the center's return to the United Center for the first time since scoring the winning goal in Game 6 of the finals against the Bruins. "They play hard. They keep the puck and chip it in and make plays. When you're playing against them it's a little different. You sort of see how things go on."

Bolland was dealt to the Leafs less than a week after helping the Hawks win the Cup and Saturday night experienced their most complete effort of the season as they used a stifling defense and timely scoring to extend their points streak to five games with their fourth victory in the last five.

Brandon Pirri had a goal and an assist while Bryan Bickell and Michael Kostka also scored to provide the offense for goaltender Corey Crawford.

Crawford allowed only a second-period Nazem Kadri power-play goal to win the netminding battle over Jonathan Bernier.

"That was a better 60 minutes" Bickell said. "We had a good team game. Our (defense) … was stopping and facing the play and shutting things down."

Bickell showed tremendous patience to put the Hawks in front early in the second period. After the winger sent a shot on goal that Bernier stopped but fumbled into the slot Bickell scooped it up circled to the side of the net with the puck on his backhand and tucked in a forehander as the goalie dove to stop it.