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Dave Bolland’s late Game 1 hit on Mike Richards left the Los Angeles Kings center looking woozy. But it looks like the Blackhawks center won’t get into trouble for the hit.
Bolland will not face any supplemental discipline for his hit on Richards, CSNChicago confirmed early Sunday morning. Replays showed Bolland appeared to have left his feet as he went back-first into Richards’ chin with about two minutes remaining in regulation. Richards skated off, but looked like he was struggling a bit.
Not long after that, Bolland drew a tripping call on Jeff Carter, giving the Blackhawks a power play and the opportunity to milk the clock for a 2-1 victory.
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It was the second time in as many games that Bolland delivered a punishing hit late in a game. The last one against the Detroit Red Wings, when his hit on Gustav Nyquist gave Brent Seabrook time and space to score the game- and series-winning goal.
“[Richards] was there, I just came in and hit him and [then later] drew the penalty,” said Bolland, who didn’t see anything wrong with his hit. “It’s a quick game, hard-hitting game; that’s just the way it is,” he said. “You get hit, it happens. It’s happened to me.”
Richards twice turned down reporters’ requests for comment after the game. Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said, “couldn't see anything, so. ... Clearly behind the net, behind the goalie, guys changing, I really couldn't see it."
Bryan Bickell was promoted to the Blackhawks’ top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, given the physical play of their Western Conference Final opponent. Bickell got the primary assist on Hossa’s goal, and coach Joel Quenneville liked what he saw.
“It was efficient in a lot of ways,” he said. “We had a lot of puck time and offensive zone shifts and they were dangerous off the rush.”
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Bickell finished with a pretty good line on the scoresheet: five shots on goal, six hits (tied for the team high with Brent Seabrook) in 17 minutes’ worth of ice time.
“He’s been rock solid for us all playoffs long and I think any line he’s on, because of his size and physicality out there, he provides a lot of space for his linemates,” Keith said. “He does a good job getting in on the forecheck for us. It was a nice pass by him, and I had time to walk it. He played a great game tonight; he’s been a big part of our offense and our physical play all season long.”