Welcome to the inaugural edition of Blackhawk Up’s 2013-14 Three Stars of the Week. As the title says, we will count down the top three performers in the lineup over the past seven days, as well as give some honorable mentions. These players don’t have to be the guys with the most points, or ice time, but the players that really stepped up their game, and made a positive impact.
The Blackhawks kicked off the 2013-14 campaign with two games, both in the Windy City. In the home opener, Chicago outlasted a hungry Washington Capitals team for a 6-4 win, and on Saturday night, the Blackhawks’ incredible first period wasn’t enough to contain the Tampa Bay Lightning, managing a point in the shootout loss.
Third Star: Brandon Bollig
Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig (52) fights for a rebound in front of Washington Capitals goalieBraden Holtby
(70) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
For many, Brandon Bollig was not the Chicago Blackhawk expected to be in the #3 spot, or even included in the honorable mentions. For the 26-year old, the 2013-14 season wasn’t just proving that he belonged on the ‘Hawks, but proving himself to their entire fanbase. ‘Suprised’ was too dull of a word, when Bollig finished the pre-season tied for the team lead in goals. Words that he worked on his goal-scoring ability in the off-season caused much laughter throughout the blogosphere of Blackhawks’ followers.
Then Bollig scored Chicago’s first goal of the year.
Bollig not only got his first career goal with that rebound, but his first career regular-season point. Unlike many other players like him, Bollig knew that he would have to bring more than a ‘goon mentality’ to the table this season, and he silenced the critics, and that goal earned him his entire $575,000 he will take home this season. Bollig earned this week’s Third Star for persevering through the negativity, and starting his season off well.