Bollig suspended two games for boarding Ballard

Brandon Bollig was called for boarding after smashing into Minnesota's Keith Ballard. Ballard did not return to the game that his team eventually won.

NEW YORK — Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig was suspended for two games Saturday by the NHL for boarding Minnesota defenceman Keith Ballard in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series.

Bollig received a minor penalty for boarding in the second period of Chicago’s 4-2 road loss Friday night.

Ballard sustained an upper-body injury on the hit and didn’t travel to Chicago for Game 5 on Sunday night.

The series is tied 2-2.