- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday he was pleased with forward Brandon Bollig's play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals after not playing in the previous 14 playoff games.
Bollig replaced forward Viktor Stalberg in the Blackhawks' lineup on Wednesday. Bollig hadn't played since Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on May 5.
Bollig played 25 shifts and 14:24 in the Blackhawks' triple-overtime 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 on Wednesday. He tied Andrew Shaw for a team-high nine hits. Bollig also had three shots on goal and a 0-plus/minus rating.
"I thought he had a real strong game for us," Quenneville said of Bollig. "I liked what he brought to the team. I thought defensively responsible. I thought he ended up in the offensive zone a lot. Defensively, you're comfortable with him. I thought he was physical. I thought he had a purpose behind his game. He brought what we were looking for."
Quenneville said prior to Game 1 he was replacing Stalberg with Bollig because the 6-foot-2, 223-pound Bollig provided the team with a more physical player against the Bruins. Bollig played in 25 regular-season games, averaged 8:01 of ice time, had a minus-1 rating and had 41 hits.
Stalberg, who was a healthy scratch on Wednesday, was also benched for the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings. He has three assists in 15 playoff games.