January 19th, 2014 by

Bollig goal contributes to Chicago’s shootout win over Bruins

Bollig goal contributes to Chicago’s shootout win over Bruins

By Cathy Limanowski

In a much anticipated rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago and Boston delivered.  While the goalie matchup was exciting to watch, it was Brandon Bollig who was the unlikely hero that kept the Blackhawks alive when he tied the game at two halfway through the second period.

Duncan Keith got the puck in deep from the blue line to Kruger behind the net.  Kruger moved it up to Bollig who took a quick shot from a unlikely angle past Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug to find the only hole Tuukka Rask left between his pad, his glove and the post.  It was only the fifth goal for Bollig this season but it allowed the Hawks to stay alive and walk away with a 3-2 victory in a shootout.

When Rask was asked how Bollig scored on that shot, he responded with “Good question. I had the post covered, my skate was there, I was ready. Somehow it went over.”  He later added that he feels better letting a goal like that in than others because there wasn’t much else he could have done to stop Bollig’s shot.

Early in the first, after making a strong defensive play on the other end of the ice, Marian Hossa was also able to get one past Rask to add to his five game point streak.

Coach Joel Quenneville was happy with his team’s performance and the pace of the game.  “It definitely had that playoff flavor to the game and the intensity that was involved in our playoff series which is as good of a pace as I’ve ever seen…You could see that both teams had something at stake and wanted to prove that they could win the hockey game.”

Chicago will now prepare for a difficult schedule on the road after finishing a successful home stand taking three of four and an overtime loss against Colorado.  The Blackhawks and the Bruins will meet one more time during the regular season in Boston this March.

Share "Bollig goal contributes to Chicago’s shootout win over Bruins" via

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

More in Daily News
Jan 29, 17 hours ago

Bruins bear down in first post All Star break test

The Boston Bruins ended their pre All Star break slate on a sour note with their 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, but that was just one minor blip in what’s been an impressive month of January. Even as they climbed up the standings in the Ea…

Jan 29, 17 hours ago

Reilly Smith heating up at a good time

If there was any player the Boston Bruins need to have a big second half, it’s Reilly Smith. Smith won the “7th Player Award” in 2014-2015 as he recorded 20 goals and 31 assists in his first season with the Black and Gold. This year, he…

Jan 29, 19 hours ago

Quick hits: Bruins bear down in 5-2 win over Islanders

Final observations It looked like the Bruins second period problems would haunt them again, this time against the best team in the Eastern Conference. But Kevan Miller’s tally with 3.4 seconds left in the middle 20 came at an absolute crucial m…