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Bollig Responds to Media Accusations of Lack of Toughness

The Hawks forward made some surprising comments after practice Wednesday

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    NEWSLETTERS

    After comments by Keith Jones and Jamal Mayers criticizing the Chicago Blackhawks about not retaliating after Brooks Orpik’s hit on Jonathan Toews Sunday night, it isn’t a stretch to think that a member of the team would respond to the criticisms.

    The player that ended up responding to the comments in the most mature and well-stated way possible is definitely a surprise: 

    That’s right, Hawks fans. Brandon Bollig, the team’s primary enforcer and deliverer of painful hits and punches, called the Orpik hit “a clean hit” and said that it “wasn’t the right time” to retaliate for the play. At that point in the second period, the Blackhawks were down 2-1 in the game, and were pressing to try to tie things up. The Hawks didn’t go after Orpik during his remaining shifts in the game, and even though they dropped a 4-1 decision, they still made an aggressive push early in the third period to tie things up.

    After the game, Mayers, a former Hawks center, said that there would be repercussions from the rest of the league because of the Hawks’ decision not to go after Orpik during the game. Jones echoed those sentiments both on NBCSN’s postgame show and on the Kap & Haugh Show on 87.7 The Game on Wednesday morning.

    Those guys have clearly watched a lot of hockey and both have played the sport at the highest level, but in this instance, Bollig is absolutely right. The Blackhawks are in a fight for home ice advantage in the first round of the postseason, and every point is critical at this juncture. Going after Orpik or trying to hit Sidney Crosby in some ill-advised retribution scheme would have only distracted from trying to win the hockey game, and Bollig’s mature approach to the situation is exactly the way the team should have handled it.