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Andrew Shaw likely out for Game 5, Brandon Bollig suspended two games
Matt Cooke made an immediate impact for the Minnesota Wild in Game 4, coming off his seven-game suspension with a purpose — delivering hits, forcing turnovers, and creating scoring chances off the forecheck. It was the kind of difference-making physical play and energy boost the Blackhawks often get from Andrew Shaw.
But once again, they’ll likely have to do without it in Game 5. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said he didn’t expect Shaw, who suffered an apparent leg injury in Game 1, to be back in the lineup yet.
“He’s progressing,” Quenneville said. “He felt better the last couple of days. [It’s an] encouraging sign. But I wouldn’t expect him [Sunday].”
Shaw’s absence has been noticeable, particularly in the two games in Minnesota. The Hawks could use his physical style and his willingness to fight for the puck in the corners, as well as his presence in front of the net on the power play.
“It’s an opportunity for other guys to get his quality ice time,” Quenneville said. “Shaw’s got a presence about him; he brings an intangible to your team that you appreciate. But certainly other guys have got to bring a little bit of what he possesses.”
Brandon Bollig was suspended two games by the NHL department of player safety for boarding Minnesota’s Keith Ballard late in the second period of Game 4. Ballard went face-first into the glass and was slow to get up before skating off under his own power. He didn’t return, and won’t play in Game 5. Ballard suffered a concussion in October, and had just returned from a groin injury that sidelined him two months.
“Bollig [was] in control of this check throughout the play,” the NHL said in a video explaining the ruling. “The onus is entirely on Bollig to ensure that he avoids this check completely or, at the very least, attempts to minimize contact. He does neither. Instead Bollig loads up and delivers a forceful blow through Ballard’s back.”
Bollig was assessed a two-minute minor for boarding.