It's no news to Wild fans that the team has been in an injury jam as of late. Niklas Backstrom and Jason Zucker just had surgeries that ended their seasons. Josh Harding has been out with MS complications since mid-Dececember, Keith Ballard and Clayton Stoner have been for 8 and 5 games respectively.
In the last 3 days the Wild have lost Darcy Kuemper, Nino Neiderrieter and Mikael Granlund to upper body injuries. For a team that's in the final stretch of the regular season while hoping to lock up that first wild card position, the injuries could have come at a worse time.
Until the 2nd period of tonight's game in Chicago against the Blackhawks. Brandon Bollig, a player that is known for being Chicago's "enforcer" and primary fighter, decided to take it upon himself to hit Zach Parise from behind and forcing him to leave the game to be checked out.
Parise returned and finished the game (which is a whole different issue), but the fact remains that not only was the hit uncalled for, but even most Blackhawks fans were calling the hit dirty.
Here's the hit thanks for blog friend @myregularface
The most interesting thing about this hit is that Bollig's own Captain was just injured and will be out for the rest of the season after a pretty vicious hit by Brooks Orpik. Bollig called the Orpik hit "clean" yesterday.
There was no penalty given out on the play, but it's fairly likely that Bollig will be hit with at least a fine. He may not be suspended, especially after Parise returned to the game.
What do you think of the hit Wilderness? What penalties should Bollig face?
EDIT: It was revealed this morning that Bollig will not receive a call/fine/suspension. Three head injuries in two games (To be fair, Granlund's was somewhat self induced), and the DoPS is all "Welp, look at the time. Peace out".