May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig (52) with the puck during the second period of game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
During the regular season, Brandon Bollig was a serviceable fourth line player. He had amassed seven goals and seven assists in average of 10:17 ice of time per game. The Blackhawks were so impressed with Bollig’s play this season that they gave him a contract extension. Bollig signed a three year deal worth 1.25 million per year. Bollig looked to be on the upward swing of his career and then the playoffs game.
Bollig has been AWFUL THESE PLAYOFFS! He has one assists in 11 games for a -3 rating. His ice time has dropped from 10:17 during the regular season to 6:38 per game. He has been a healthy scratch at times. When he is on the ice, he has acquired 16 costly penalties minutes and he helped cost the Blackhawks Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. With the Blackhawks leading 2-1 in the third period, Bollig was called for interference. He sat in the penalty box for exactly 23 seconds as Jeff Carter scored a power play goal. The Kings would go onto to score three more unanswered goals and defeat the Blackhawks 6-2.
Bollig has been in the lineup to be physical with the imposing Blues, Wild, and now Kings. However Bollig has not been smart about being physical, he has committed dumb penalty after dumb penalty. Bollig even had to serve a two game suspension for his hit on Keith Ballard in the Wild Series. Bollig has gone for a player of somewhat need to a LIABILITY on the ice. Now the Blackhawks have been overcoming Bollig’s unproductive play all playoffs. Bollig is a funny guy off the ice but recently his play has been downright laughable.
It is now time for a change. Bollig needs to BLAST OFF the ice and sit himself down for the rest of the playoffs. With Andrew Shaw coming back, it’s simple, sit Bollig.
The Blackhawks resume their series with the Kings on Saturday at 8pm central time.
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