Could Bollig be out for Game 3?


CHICAGO -- The talk is bound to start up again.

Should Chicago Blackhawks brawny forward Brandon Bollig be playing in the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins instead of speedy -- and more experienced -- winger Viktor Stalberg?

After being unable to handle a pass around the boards in overtime, which led to the winning goal by Daniel Paille in Game 2, Bollig is a candidate to sit out Monday's Game 3. Though coach Joel Quenneville didn't indicate anything of the sort after the game Saturday.

"I thought he was fine," he said. "I thought he had two good games. That line, didn't get them out there much in overtime. Every time they were out there, they were a threat to score. Had a lot of offensive zone time. They got the one shift, around the wall, we didn't get there in time. Bang, bang."

Quenneville isn't wrong about any of that. The fourth line has been decent, but that mostly has been because of Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger. And the pass around the boards was a "bang, bang" play, but would a more skillful winger have grabbed it? No one can know the answer, but Quenneville likes to make changes after a loss. And with just one goal on the board in Game 2, he might make the same move he made in Game 3 against Detroit: play Stalberg.