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Quenneville goes with Bollig, but preaches discipline

Jun 12, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

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The insertion of big Brandon Bollig into Chicago’s lineup in place of speedy forward Viktor Stalberg had at least one reporter wondering if the Blackhawks may be falling into Boston’s trap before the 2013 Stanley Cup Final had even begun.

However, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t believe the winger switch for tonight’s Game 1 at the United Center means the ‘Hawks are somehow trying to prove they can stand up to the big, bad Bruins.

“All year long, that line, when they did play, had a purpose,” said Quenneville of the line of Bollig, Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik. “We felt several shifts they always seemed to be on the offensive end at the end of the a shift.

“They seemed to control the play. You’re comfortable with him in your own end. Faceoffs as well. You have an overall game that we like. I think he can bring an element to our team.”

Bollig has registered 11 hits in three playoff games while averaging 7:03 of ice time. His last appearance was on May 5 in a first-round contest versus Minnesota.

In a possibly related story, how much the two teams engage in after-the-whistle scrums will be something to watch tonight. Both sides come into the series with struggling power plays, but one bad, retaliatory penalty could still be the difference between a win and a loss.

“Discipline is something we talk about all the time,” said Quenneville. “I think we’ve been pretty responsible all year staying out of the box. I think that’s something we’ll reinforce, like we said earlier, playing hard between whistles, knowing a small quantity of penalties, one or two, will be preferable.

“You never know how the games are going to be. You can’t control that. You want to make sure you’re playing hard and stay responsible. But let’s stay out of the box.”

Blackhawks lines, per NHL.com:

Patrick SharpJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa

Bryan BickellMichal HandzusPatrick Kane

Brandon SaadDave BollandAndrew Shaw

Brandon BolligMarcus KrugerMichael Frolik

Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook

Johnny OduyaNiklas Hjalmarsson

Nick LeddyMichal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Ray Emery

  1. comeonnowguys - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    This is trying to beat Boston by trying to “be Boston.” Not a fan of the move.

  2. pone27 - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Disagree.

    Stalberg has been all but meaningful these playoffs. The purpose of the Hawks 4th unit is to do nothing but keep the puck deep and eat time for the other 3 lines to get the wind back.

    Bollig’s size is needed in the corners against the Bruins D, which is a very stong core. He is not coming in do the fist-a-cuffs. That is not how Q runs this team.

    I like the move.

  3. dropthepuckeh - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    As a Bruins fan I love it. The Bruins have trouble with the young fast teams like Montreal and Toronto. They are capable of falling asleep at times without the physical play. Let’s hope this gets them going right away.

    This day is taking forever…..

    • homelanddefense - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Agree 100%. They way to beat Boston is with skill and speed. Not size

    • thesableo - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Q makes it sound like those guys are their version of the Merlot line when they’re together, which could be tough. But really…everyone knows speed is the ultimate Bruins killer.

  4. hammerhead5573 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    I don’t care for the move either but we can talk all day about stahlberg’s speed. with all that speed he has 3 assists. Not to mention he is not a fan of going to the net. Losing Stahlberg’s speed isn’t a make or break for the Hawks either. I suspect Bolig will mind his manners while out there, otherwise he will be sitting the very next game

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