After given the opportunity, Bollig stepped up and delivered

After given the opportunity, Bollig stepped up and delivered
June 14, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Brandon Bollig wasn’t supposed to be bringing an element that’s not in his repertoire in Game 1. He wasn’t put into the lineup to necessarily play a ton of minutes or provide some scoring punch. He was there to be a physical presence, hit when necessary and protect the Blackhawks’ stars.

And the Blackhawks got what they wanted from Bollig.

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Bollig played about 14 ½ minutes and logged nine hits, tied for the team high (with Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell), in the Blackhawks’ triple-overtime victory over the Boston Bruins. For Bollig, it was an opportunity he didn’t want to squander; and coach Joel Quenneville was happy with what he saw.

 “I thought he had a real strong game for us. I liked what he brought to the team,” Quenneville said. “I thought he was defensively responsible, that he ended up in the offensive zone a lot. Defensively, you're comfortable with him. I thought he was physical, thought he had a purpose behind his game. He brought what we were looking for.”

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And Game 1’s intensity is exactly what Bollig was planning on seeing.

“It’s the playoffs, so (the pace and intensity) are obviously heightened a bit,” Bollig said. “You think about it the night before, you try to imagine things, but those are definitely the fun games to be a part of. You think physical, fast-paced and it didn’t disappoint.”

The main adjustment for Bollig was just getting back to game speed; Bollig hadn’t played since the first round against the Minnesota Wild. But he felt just fine afterward.

“I was feeing it a little bit, but nothing out of the ordinary,” he said.

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That’s good, because it’s likely he’ll be playing again in Game 2 tomorrow night; Bollig was once again on the fourth line during Friday’s practice. Considering how physical Game 1 was and how intense the series will continue to be, that’s fine with him.

“That’s my kind of game especially; that’s probably a good reason why I was in the lineup,” Bollig said. “Games like those are definitely fun to play in. They definitely help you stay engaged, stay focused on the goal at hand.”