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Stalberg to replace Bollig

Jun 17, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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It seems likely winger Viktor Stalberg will be back in the Blackhawks’ lineup tonight in Boston for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Stalberg took rushes on the fourth line at this morning’s skate, replacing Brandon Bollig, who made a costly error in Game 2 that led to the Bruins’ winning goal in overtime.

Stalberg is also one of the NHL’s fastest skaters, and Boston has, at times, had trouble with Chicago’s speed in the first two games of the series.

Update (12:35 p.m. ET):

Stalberg is in, according to ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville.

“I think we need some speed from him,” said Quenneville. “I think we need energy. I think that he’s a threat off the rush, in zone, defensively responsible.”

As for the guy Stalberg will replace?

“I think Bollig gave us a couple real strong games,” said Quenneville. “You can talk about the last play. Certainly, you like the predictability of his game. I thought he did a nice job.

“Viktor, we’re just looking for more. I think offensively, defensively, giving us some more in both those areas.”

  1. polegojim - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Nicely done Coach Q… feel bad for Bollig… but it’s N-H-L… where big boys perform or don’t play.

  2. timmeh022 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Glad to see Stalberg back in the lineup after the unnecessary change to Bollig cost the Hawks game 2 essentially. Not to mention good forechecking pressure by Boston. Hopefully game 3 ends after 60 minutes, my coffee consumption has increased exponentially from the lack of sleep thanks to 4 OT periods.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Bollig wasn’t the only one who sat back and admired their first period work Saturday while Boston stepped up.

      Stalberg’s speed following two overtime (three for Chicago) games will be nice.

      • timmeh022 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Not fully pinning it on Bollig, but his misfortune was the play that cost the Hawks. I disagreed with the move to Bollig over Stalberg initially anyway. No disrespect to Bollig as a player.

    • nhloon - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      You really think one guy like Bollig changes a series ?

      • adambballn - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        In a series this tight… maybe. Bollig was the guy that misplayed the puck at the blue line in OT resulting in Boston’s game winning goal…

      • homelanddefense - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        you mean like Thornton did for the Bruins in 2011?

  3. dropthepuckeh - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I thought you guys were saying it was a great move to start Bollig and go with a “big” lineup against the Bruins?

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Actually, I think it was a collective wrist-slit by the Chicago fans. Unless they’re firmly in the Stalberg’s “overrated.”

      You may have mistaken trying to figure out why as support.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        and I quote,

        “pone27 – Jun 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        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.”

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Oh right, the one guy.

        This is now a win-win for me. Prove me wrong, waste time of your life. :)

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        No – heading outside to soak up the sun and Bruins love before the game tonight. You do enough of a good job sounding like a tool.

      • homelanddefense - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        there was more than one. I remember replying to some guy who said Bollig was needed to counteract Thornton and stop him from going after the Hawks top guys.

        It seemed 50-50 to me at the time.

      • r8rbhawk - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Seriously, just because Pone27 liked the move, it doesn’t mean the rest of us did. It is not just his gaffe in game 2, there are other things not to like about having him in the lineup. First and foremost, he does not score. I highly doubt Bruins fans were worried that the 4th line of the Hawks spent a lot of time in the B’s zone because they knew the 4th line was not going to score. Sure they put pressure on the B’s but that line will not score with Bollig. Stalberg at least provides a scoring threat, not much, because he has stone hands but he is more likely to score than Bollig. Stalberg has proved he can be gritty when needed. I’m glad he’s back in the lineup, I sure hope that Bollig’s mistake of not getting the puck out of the zone doesn’t cost the Hawks the series.

      • homelanddefense - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        here is the story…go read….it was more than one

  4. charliereno - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Color me shocked. Bollig never should have been in there in the first F’ing place. Good thing is that Stals has fresh legs, and speed kills.

  5. earpaniac - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I agree. Most fans just shouted out, “Wtf, Q?!”. When Bollig was announced.

  6. tripps3 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Speed got them to this point – like this move

  7. auggie1955 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    I don’t think Stalberg has a single goal in the playoffs and only has like 3 assists. That’s why Coach Q is ticked off at him and has him on the 4th line. Quenville also sat him for the first 2 games vs the Kings. That’s how well Stalberg has been performing! He’s a UFA, so with a lower salary cap next season don’t be surprised when he’s not with the Hawks.

    I hope his speed can make a difference, but it hasn’t up to this point so don’t count on it.

  8. gret9 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    “Certainly, you like the predictability of his game.”?!?!

    Yes Q, Bollig’s game is very predictable and 99% of the fans correctly predicted you would get nothing out of Brandon. But in addition to no positive plays he ends up coughing up the OT game ending TO….quite the coaching feather in your cap there!

    While Viktor hasn’t done much in the post season at least there is a CHANCE of him coming up with a positive play as he did against Minnesota and on the disallowed goal against the Wings.

    Dressing Bollig in Stalberg’s place is all risk and no reward.

  9. iwillfindyou - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Q was just trying to light a fire under his guys. I can totally understand his thinking. But Stalberg is all about speed. The Bruins can’t defend (well) against speed. It’s now or never for Stalberg. He needs to get a goal or at least an assist. Oh and that guy Toews as well!!

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