ST. PAUL, Minn. — Being sat for any amount of time hurts, whether the benching is for minutes or for games.
Chicago Blackhawks Nick Leddy and Brandon Bollig experienced that on Sunday. Leddy took his last shift with more than 12 minutes remaining in Game 2 while Bollig was a healthy scratch for the first time in the regular- or postseason. Leddy will play in Game 3 tonight but Bollig’s status is up in the air.
Neither liked what transpired on Sunday, obviously; but both understood why they took their respective “seats.”
“It definitely wasn’t my best game but I can’t focus on that,” said Leddy, who admits that playing the hometown Wild brings excitement but also nervousness. “I’ve got all my friends and family watching, so obviously it has a little bit of an effect. But there’s definitely more excitement.”
Leddy said bad games are part of the season, and that he’ll get past it quickly.
“It’s a long year and playoffs are definitely a different game,” he said. “You have good games and bad games; you just can’t dwell on them.”
Meanwhile, Bollig will ready himself for the next time he plays, whenever that will be. He and Jeremy Morin took turns at left wing on the fourth-line rushes on Tuesday morning, and coach Joel Quenneville didn’t specify if Morin would play tonight when asked. Bollig said he and Quenneville didn’t talk about the scratch much, but the forward knows why he sat.
“My overall game was lacking in general,” he said. “It’s not ideal that I was out, but if I get back in I know what to do to be effective. I played every game up to that point; I know what my role is and what my job is. So I’ve got to get back to it, play simple, and stay back in the lineup.”
Bollig went through the same thing last season; he played in 25 regular-season games and five postseason contests before being scratched the remainder of the playoffs.
“I went through it last year and wasn’t interested in going through it again,” he said. “If and when I get back in, I’m not interested in being scratched again. So I’ll use it as motivation.”