Brandon Bollig has been in and out of the lineup recently due to healthy scratches. Now, he’ll be out due to suspension.
Bollig was suspended two games for boarding Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-2 loss to the Wild on Friday night. It’s the first time Bollig has been fined or suspended in his three-year NHL career.
The NHL department of player safety released its video explaining the suspension:
“Bollig is tracking from the blue line and continues on his path, seeing Ballard’s number the entire time. As Ballard backhands the puck, Bollig drives into him from behind, causing (Ballard) to violently impact the boards and glass.
“Bollig is in control of this check throughout the play,” the explanation continued. “Ballard makes no significant movements just prior to or simultaneously with contact, to turn what otherwise would’ve been a legal check into a boarding infraction. Therefore the onus is entirely on Bollig to see if he avoids this check completely or, at the very least, attempts to minimize contact. He does neither.”
Ballard left the game after that hit and did not return. Minnesota media reported earlier today that Keith Ballard, out with an upper-body injury, did not make the trip to Chicago.