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Video: Bollig runs Ballard from behind

May 9, 2014, 11:53 PM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig was penalized late in the second period of Friday’s game for running Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard from behind into the glass.

The incident happened with less than three minutes left in the period. Bollig was assessed a minor penalty for boarding. Ballard was clearly shaken up on the play, and was not on the Minnesota bench to begin the third period.

Less than a minute after Bollig was penalized, Minnesota’s Jared Spurgeon was sent to the box for a late hit on Chicago’s Marcus Kruger.

Kruger returned to the Blackhawks’ bench for the third period.

  1. esracerx46 - May 9, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    For the Hawks sake I hope he gets suspended. Completely useless as a hockey player. Will they suspend Rozsival too? He’s had a brutal game. I hope Ballard’s injury isn’t as bad as it appeared. Bush league hit by Bollig.

  2. fightingwild - May 9, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Yes, This is suspend-able. It is not the most egregious one I have seen. Also the elbow by Spurgeon will probably get a good look too.

    • getadealdonealready - May 10, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      Felt it could’ve been a 5, that is a dangerous hit.

    • joey4id - May 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      No issue here. The elbow appears to make contact with the shoulder. Kruger was hurt by the knee of Spurgeon.

  3. President Charles Logan - May 10, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    might as well turn this sport into tennis……. powder puffs

  4. muckleflugga - May 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    lmao … suspend-able … get some air

    ballard sold an average takeout hard … he saw bollig coming in the glass, then threw himself all-a-clatter at the glass when contact came … the referee bought it equally hard

    compare that hit to the max pacioretty sell on the jarome iginla hit in montrĂ©al the other night, they’re virtually identical … the referee wasn’t buying

    you can take the boy out of a 2011 canucks, but not the 2011 canucks out of the boy

    • canucks30 - May 10, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Get lost blomfeld

    • fightingwild - May 10, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      Thats why he is out of the game? He didn’t come back for period three. Let me guess, you thought Chicago in 5? hahahahaha

    • getadealdonealready - May 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      So someone with a history of concussions went head first into the glass to sell it, and now will most likely be out for the series. If that’s the case not the wisest choice by him for a 2 min penalty.

      Please get a clue

  5. r8rbhawk - May 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Dumb hit, don’t think he’ll get suspended though.

    • fightingwild - May 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      You should, if you look closely the lights were off for Ballard for about 3 seconds. Thankfully the Wild have a couple of decent back-ups for Ballard in Blum & Prosser. It was a bad hit that should not have happened.

      • r8rbhawk - May 10, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        The reason I do not think he will get suspended is due to the inconsistency of the dept. of player safety, none of us know how that group is going to issue punishments

  6. mikemj - May 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    If you’re the Wild do you ask the NHL not to suspend Bolig? If he does get suspended it would benefit the Hawks greatly.

  7. credible316 - May 10, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    If Cooke delivers that hit, this comment section would have another 100 posts.

    • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      haha… so true!!!

    • canucks30 - May 10, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      Ditto for Lucic

      • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        Lucic would not have made this play because he would have already nailed Ballards nuts as they came down the ice with his stick.

    • clarke16 - May 10, 2014 at 2:56 AM

      If the word *Cooke* was on the back of the sweater of the man making that hit–he’d be looking at 15 games at this point. Bolig may catch a game/two…but to me there’s nothing there that looks like an intent to injure nor rising to the level of supplemental discipline…

      5 minutes on the ice for boarding. Keep the game on the ice where it belongs.

  8. comeonnowguys - May 10, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Both hits need to be looked at. That elbow was way out there.

    I may be biased, but I think Bollig should get 185 games. Minimum.

    • r8rbhawk - May 10, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      we really only need him during the regular season and really then only against teams like the Blues. I agree with you and other Hawks fans believing he should be suspended for at least the rest of the playoffs

      • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        If by the rest you mean until the wild wipe them out, OK. But much more then a few games seems overboard to me. This was not the worst I’ve seen. Suspended for all of the playoffs seems like it would have to be like seriously belligerently violent. This was just a bad choice.

      • r8rbhawk - May 10, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        maybe I am not picking up on your sarcasm or you are not picking up on ours… Hawks fans want this guy suspended just so Coach Q doesn’t insert him into the lineup. Coach Q loves this guy but the rest of us wish someone else would dress in his place.

  9. muckleflugga - May 10, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    the girly boys who’ve never played hockey are out in force, crying foul when notorious dive artists like ballard get drilled … you want suspensions

    suspend players who turn to face the glass on expected contact … if low bridging is onerous, pulling calls using the glass is capital crime –can you spell daniel sedin

    like all diving play, jumping at the boards and glass discredits officials, players genuinely injured and the game itself

    and, the village idiot embedding youtube selections from baseball and football on a hockey blog is out, figuratively and literally … the definitive one line wonder with no other means of expression

    it must be friday night

    • alfredosauce19 - May 10, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      you must be a depaul university club hockey stud!!

    • canucks30 - May 10, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      Once again,

      GTFO blomfeld

  10. muckleflugga - May 10, 2014 at 1:25 AM


    what the hell is someone with a history of concussions doing playing in a game noted for savage attacks on players’ heads

    if ballard was deemed fit enough to start the game, he has to be fit enough to hit and be hit … there is no in-between or allowance for injured players to play … the very idea is absurd

    you present ballard as a special case afforded latitude to cruise through games untouched because of prior injury history … this while ignoring his diving history

    ballard made himself vulnerable while trying to pull a call and in so doing, bears responsibility for the consequence alone … no player should be permitted to gain or advance positional advantage by putting himself at risk

    only sneaky cheats behave that way, and ballard is the living definition of a sneaky cheat

    now tell us how you’ve managed to divine from the blog ballard will miss games

    so who’s clueless

    • canucks30 - May 10, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      For the third time,

      Take a hike blomfeld


      • canucks30 - May 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

  11. purpleguy - May 10, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    This is too bad, Ballard has a history of concussions and this will impact his career and his long term health. Everyone trashes Cook (he should be trashed for that knee), but everyone also knows Bollig is a thug. Careless checks like his, while maybe not suspendable, are made worse in situations where the recipient is more vulnerable like Ballard. To say otherwise is ridiculous. Hits like this are exactly what the NHL wants to eliminate.

  12. comeonnowguys - May 10, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    Not to diminish this hit in any way, but are they really not going to post video of the elbow?

  13. joey4id - May 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    As a willing participant in a sport where physical contact is permissible in a confined environment Ballard is guilty of putting himself in a vulnerable position. Bollig, being nothing more than a checker is doing what is demanded by coach Q, which is to grind and finish checks. The result will often be bad anytime a player is hit between the numbers when he is a couple of feet from the boards. Clearly the message is not registering despite penalties and suspensions. Is it time to consider allowing the players to use the bear hug? Or, should the suspensions be stiffer?

  14. drewsylvania - May 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Haven’t seen the first hit yet. Spurgeon’s should have been five.

  15. slysipops - May 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    you WILD fans are bigger crybabies than i would’ve expected by people from the NORTH ! the worst thing i saw about BOLLIG’S hit was that it wasn’t on COOKE or #4 ( forgot his name ) ! i suppose the flying elbow at KRUEGER was totally legit ?? get over it already !

    • clarke16 - May 10, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Totally agree, Slitpops. Every fan base has it’s little Priscilla’s who get their butt scrunched up because a player delivered a hard borderline hit that resulted in injury. No understanding of the speed of the game. If you’re lucky–you’re out there for 45 seconds to a minute going FULL ASS OUT the whole time. Thinking? It doesn’t happen. They’re hard-wired completely to instinct. Boom–there’s a man with the other sweater on the puck–BAM!! Y O U C H E C K H I M…or you won’t make your way out of the press box after the coaches review the game tape…

      You don’t THINK about whether you should make contact. You don’t ASK permission. You make the hit–and if it went over the line(as it sometimes will) you feel bad and know that player understands…

      This is why you almost never see a player who took a borderline hit or a fan who has ever played WHINE about it. Did Oshie whine about Rupp’s hit? Hell no. Why? He knows it’s part of the game…

      Unfortunately it’s a select few here who understand that. Muckle, and a couple others… About it…

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