Updated: June 5, 2014 5:16PM
Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is questionable for Game 2 on Sunday against the Minnesota Wild after suffering a lower-body injury when he was checked hard by defenseman Clayton Stoner in the first period of Game 1.
Coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t expect Shaw’s injury to be a long-term situation. Shaw, 22, has missed two games because of injury since joining the Hawks in January 2012, both of them in December. The Hawks lost both games — 4-3 to the Wild in
St. Paul on Dec. 5 and 3-2 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 6 at the United Center.
Captain Jonathan Toews said it will be up to the team to make up for the loss of Shaw’s grit.
“It’s going to take a heck of a lot to keep that guy down,” Toews said. “But that’s something we can be conscious of — what Shaw brings to the table with his physicality and how he never gives up on plays. We’ve got to be thinking of that and bringing part of that if we’re going to be playing without guys like him. It’s something our entire team has to focus on [Sunday].”
Winger Kris Versteeg, a healthy scratch in Game 6 against the Blues last week, was scratched in Game 1 because of illness, Quenneville said.
“Versteeg was going to play; just under the weather,” Quenneville said. “So after warmup, we made the change.”
No Run for the Roses
In January, it appeared that Midnight Hawk, the thoroughbred owned by Quenneville, assistant Mike Kitchen and former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, was on pace to start in the Kentucky Derby. But Midnight Hawk, who won his first two races, was withdrawn from Derby consideration by trainer Bob Baffert after finishing second as a 2-5 favorite in the Illinois Derby.
“Was hoping [for a shot at the Derby]; that would have been special,” Quenneville said. “Our horse is a pretty good horse. He’s raced against a few of the horses that will be in [the Derby]. We’ll watch and see.’’
Midnight Hawk still was a candidate for the Preakness on May 17 at Pimlico, but Quenneville said he would not run in that race because of an injury.
“Lower body,” he said. “Not much upper body [on a horse].”
Sticking with Bryzgalov
Wild coach Mike Yeo doesn’t have a lot of options in goal, but Ilya Bryzgalov will be in net for Game 2. Yeo’s only healthy option is John Curry, who has played in six NHL games.
Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 21 shots in Game 1 — though most goaltenders would have struggled to stop any of the four. In his last five starts, Bryzgalov is 1-4 with a 4.96 goals-against average and .819 save percentage.
“I feel pretty good that he’s going to play well [in Game 2],” Yeo said. “I’m not too sure what he could’ve done on too many goals that went in.”