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Video: Blackhawks’ Bollig suspended two games for boarding incident

May 10, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

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The National Hockey League has suspended Brandon Bollig two games for boarding Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard during Game 4 of that Western Conference second-round series on Friday.

The incident occurred late in the second period, when Bollig ran Ballard from behind into the glass. Ballard was shaken up, left the game and did not return. Bollig received only a minor penalty on the play.

Below is the league’s video explanation of the suspension.


  1. avscup - May 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    About right.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - May 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      In other words, he’s suspended the rest of the season………..

      • avscup - May 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        Place your bet, I dare you!

      • greatmiamisportsmind - May 10, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        Avs fan, don’t we have a tee time together?

      • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        Haven’t you lost enough bets this year, Avscup?

      • lordfletcher - May 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM




      • mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        ^LOL… classic

    • avscup - May 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      Indeed the golf is nice this time of year. I just miss watching my team after the round. I’m a fan of hockey though so love game 7. Take into late June please!!!

  2. dancinhomer - May 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    What a crock. Bolig gets 2 games, but nothing for Spurgeon’s flagrant elbow/ knee on knee?!?

    Sure glad the NHL is at least consistent.

    • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Pretty much it’s only the Chicago media going off about that elbow. It wasn’t that bad and Krug was back quite quickly.

      • dancinhomer - May 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        wasn’t that bad? it was a blatant elbow to the head? Last time I checked, the NHL had a major crackdown on any hits to the head…or was I imagining that?

      • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Post a good replay of it that shows it and we’ll talk. I can’t find one out there and no one but Chicago is still talking about this.

      • rgledz - May 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        So you’re going with the end result as a measuring stick? If he’s hurt, suspension…if he’s not, play on? What a brilliant take, I bet you’d be saying the same thing if Keith swung out his elbow and knee at Granlund, right? Hell no you wouldn’t. At least have some objectivity to your comment, you’ll seem like less of an idiot anyway. It’s amazing how being in loserville for so long affects ones brain following a couple of wins. Let’s see how things play out before you put the Wild in the conference finals…..and maybe just shut up, you’re giving decent, knowledgeable Wild fans a bad name.

      • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        I’m not going with it, the NHL is. That’s what’s in the rules. I told you, post a video that you’ve reviewed the play on because if you don’t have a video that you’ve used to review the play to see if it was as dirty as you think it was, then you are not basing your opinion on what you see. You are basing it on what you *think* you saw. And everyone wears the homer goggles to some degree.

        Why isn’t anyone else outside of Chicago still talking about it? Why didn’t the refs call it? Why didn’t the NHL have a hearing about it? Could it be that it wasn’t as bad as YOU think it was? It happened fast and I didn’t even get to see one replay of it, though I admit I was in and out of watching the game. But I did see it live and it looked bad, but couldn’t totally tell.

        And please, don’t shut up or try to look like any less of an idiot. You’re doing a dandy job of representing Chicago fans.

      • dancinhomer - May 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Not bringing it up as a homer, making a point that the NHL is possibly the most inconsistently run league in terms of player punishment. The fact that same/similar plays constantly result in different penalties/ suspensions is ridiculous. Partially to blame is the fact that the NHL bases their judgment for suspension on the extent of the injury; not the act itself. It should be a moot point when dictating punishment/ suspension, but is pretty much how the NHL goes about it. Maybe if there were a clear-cut system in place regardless of injury, we wouldn’t have to argue on message boards.

        And to touch back on the elbow, you asked for a video, here’s a clip that clearly shows he lead with the elbow to the head. While not zoomed in to ice-level, it pretty clearly shows the intent of an elbow to the face:

      • mp1131211 - May 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        I’ve seen that. It’s a horrible GIF (not video) and you can’t tell where he connects first even a little.

        Also, your name is dancing homer. So you forfeit your right to say “Not bringing it up as a homer…”

    • getadealdonealready - May 11, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      rgledz – mp is correct that seems to be the how the NHL is determining penalties. Pointing that out does;t mean we agree with it. It is the precedent that has been set, also players that lay on the ice and sell a cheap hit seem to get more of the calls, and if there refs think it’s a serious injury based on the acting, they are more apt to give out the 5 min penalty. Again I don’t feel that is correct, but it does seem to be what is happening, to far in to change that now, will have to be addressed by the rules committee in the off-season.

      • mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 1:22 AM

        Also I was pointing out that an elbow to the face will often end a game for a player unless maybe it goes up the shoulder first and follows through less so on the face. This might have been the case, and it would make sense since BH player was back sort of quickly. Direct blows from elbows to the face usually cause concussions especially in cases where a player has had a previous concussion. This “elbow to the face” probably wasn’t actually an elbow to the face. I’ll admit I’m wrong if I see a good replay of it that clearly shows it.

  3. greej1938l - May 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Hawks getting dirtier as we speak

  4. tripps3 - May 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM


  5. slysipops - May 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    more league bullcrap ! how about the flying elbow thrown at KRUEGER ?? that wasn’t an attempt to injure ? maybe the guy raised his arm to give KRUEGER a smell of his BO ? the NHL ought to either keep it consistant or shut up ! where is the line drawn on these type of hits ? maybe each player should be fitted with a ” HIT-O-METER ?? it would show the speed of the hitter and an impact weigher of the hittee ! remember a time when a lot of defensemen had nicknames like …CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS …ETC.ETC. how hyprocritical is it for the NHL to give honors and such to players from years past ( like the defenceman from the DEVILS ) who made their livings putting BIG-TIME hurt on opponents. guys like that would never stay around these days .

    • slysipops - May 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM


  6. mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    So he’s done for the season. GO WILD!

  7. mnwildfan15 - May 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    If Cooke makes the hit you guys would be calling for a lifetime ban. Settle down your season will be over shortly and then you can watch the Cubs lose some more.

    • lordfletcher - May 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      as much as I love how the Wild are currently playing, the defending champs are at home twice and its a best of 3 series. odds are not in MN favor but its about as even as it can be

      • avscup - May 11, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Very fair and realistic comment. Bring on game 7!

    • no - May 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      ha jokes on you, southside baby!

      (but seriously, you’re tied in the conference semis with the defending champs. I’d do a lot less chirping considering the wild have proven absolutely nothing since they’ve been a franchise)

  8. flyerspsu - May 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    seems a bit much for that hit, if Ballard didnt get hurt I dont think there would have been a suspension

    • lordfletcher - May 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      but running into him from behind and forcing his face into the glass is fine as long as said player isn’t injured?

      A knee can be replaced (kinda), a brain can’t. Think before you type

      • flyerspsu - May 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        lol take it down a knotch, i never said its fine if the guy doesnt get injured, im saying if Ballard didnt Bollig probably wouldnt have gotten a suspension in my opinion

      • flyerspsu - May 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM


      • clarke16 - May 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        Once again–a proponent of the *tail-wag-the-dog* approach to regulating the game. Dial down intent/circumstance and crank outcome to 11. Bury the guy in a French Dungeon if the person he checks gets hurt, but otherwise a pat on the head and a trip to dairy queen…

        It’s ununiform–thereby unfair… But hey-it’s cool to have an official disciplinary body intended to correct a perceived injustice and make things fair–do so in a completely circumstantial, specious, irregular and thus unfair manner…

        It’s stupid–as it serves as no deterrent since nobody can predict in advance whether they’ll receive supplemental discipline because no one knows conclusively if what they’re doing will result in injury until after the fact.

  9. chicagobtech - May 11, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Mmm…addition by subtraction for the ‘Hawks?

    • no - May 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM


  10. comeonnowguys - May 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    I’m too biased here. It should have been more. :)

  11. mnhockeyref - May 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    NCAA would say this hit is a 5 and gate, see ya thanks for coming. When will the NHL just start calling this a check from behind? So once you get to the NHL, that penalty disappears?

  12. mnhockeyref - May 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Wild haven’t done anything? 2003, down 3-1 to both Colorado and Vancouver and beat them both. I won’t deny we want more in the State of Hockey, but still not bad since starting up in 2000

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