Bollig gets positive review from Q
June, 13, 2013
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesBrandon Bollig provided a physical presence, even when taking a hit from Zdeno Chara.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.
Bollig played on the fourth line with Marcus Kruger and Michal Frolik on Wednesday. Dave Bolland, who was on the fourth line previously, was moved to the third line and assisted on the winning goal.
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.