Progressing Andrew Shaw will join practice on Tuesday
By MARK POTASH Staff Reporter May 19, 2014 10:20PM
Forward Andrew Shaw has missed the last six games with a lower-body injury. “He’s made some real good progress the last few days,” coach Joel Quenneville said. | AP
Updated: June 23, 2014 2:30PM
Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, who has missed the last six playoff games with a lower-body injury, will practice with his teammates for the first time Tuesday and could play in Game 2 of the Western Conference final against the Kings on Wednesday.
Coach Joel Quenneville said the team “will make an assessment” after Tuesday’s practice. Shaw skated on his own Monday at the United Center.
“He’s made some real good progress the last few days and he felt pretty good [Monday],” Quenneville said.
Shaw suffered the injury when he was checked hard by the Wild’s Clayton Stoner in the first period of Game 1 of the second-round series. The Hawks had hoped he could return for Game 3 of that series, but the injury apparently has lingered. But Quenneville was as optimistic publicly as he has been since that first day after Shaw was hurt.
“He really brings an intangible to our team you can use through games and as a season and a series progresses,” Quenneville said. “So it’ll be fun to get him back in our lineup and we look forward to it.”
The bruise brothers
A productive fourth line has been a missing element in the postseason, but Quenneville liked what he saw from Ben Smith, Marcus Kruger and Brandon Bollig in Game 1 — the fourth line the Hawks used in the first four playoff games.
“It’s been a long time since they’ve been together and it looked like [it was] for most of the season],” Quenneville said. “They were effective in the defensive zone, but they had some offensive zone. They had puck possession. They had some physical shifts as well. It looked like the band was back together as far as that group goes.”
Sutter seemed to imply that he disagreed with the penalty on defenseman Alec Martinez for roughing against Bollig in front of the Kings’ net after a stop by Jonathan Quick. The Hawks’ Brandon Saad scored on the ensuing power play for a 1-0 lead.
“If we were bitching and moaning about calls, the one scrum that we got called on, it’s too bad they couldn’t review it,” Sutter said.
Asked if he believed Bollig “took a dive” to draw that penalty, Sutter said, “Nope.”