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Chicago's Brandon Bollig Suspended Two Games For Boarding Wild's Ballard

Brandon Bollig has today been suspended two games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for boarding the Wild’s Keith Ballard in Game 4 on Friday. As mentioned earlier today, it’s unlikely that Ballard will be traveling with the team to Chicago for Game 5. He’s officially listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.

Ballard chased a dump into the defensive zone on the play and Bollig wound-up and caught Ballard in the back. Ballard left the game and did not return, while Bollig got a two-minute boarding penalty on the play.

Bollig will be eligible to return in Game 7, should there be one. (Or he’d be eligible to return in Game 1 of the next series should Chicago move to the next round in six games.) This is Bollig’s first career suspension.

That was only Ballard’s second game of the postseason. He was a scratch through the first nine games of the playoffs, replacing Nate Prosser in Game 3 of this round. Replacing Ballard will likely be either Prosser or Jonathon Blum, who was yet to play in the playoffs for the Wild.

Watch a full explanation of Bollig’s suspension in the video below.

Bollig hasn’t had a great playoffs, but this may hurt Chicago more than it appears on the surface. He’s not much of an offensive threat, but Bollig can provided a good physical presence that Chicago has largely lacked in this series. In the four games played so far, the Wild have outhit Chicago 113-62 (44-15 at home). Bollig had seven hits in Game 1 for Chicago. However, he was a scratch in Game 2 and ineffectual in Games 3 and 4, averaging about five minutes of ice time in those.

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