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Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jonathan Toews sounded fairly optimistic when he was asked about his availability for the Blackhawks’ two-game trip to California.

“If not [Sunday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks], we’ll try to get ready as soon as we can for the next one,” said Toews, who was originally ruled out two weeks with a right shoulder injury suffered Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

“We do a lot of rehab, icing and trying to get that range of motion back. You have to be thankful because it could have easily been more serious than it was.”

Toews said that after participating in practice Saturday for the first time since his injury.

He didn’t play against the Ducks, but there’s a chance Toews plays tonight against the Los Angeles Kings.

“It’s a possibility that he could go [tonight],” coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday. “He obviously means a lot to us in a lot of ways. He’s so useful [for] a coach to put him in a lot of different situations. We’re very excited about the chance of getting him [back].”

Quenneville described Toews as very tough and competitive. He skated Sunday in California, yielding more positive results.

If he does play tonight, Toews would have missed less than a week and only two games, including Sunday’s matchup against the Ducks.

The Hawks, who have battled a string of injuries, were possibly looking at playing seven games without Toews. Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Fernando Pisani, Brian Campbell and Dave Bolland have missed significant time.

“You say it many times, [injuries are] part of the game,” Toews said. “But, obviously, we’ve had some bad luck, more than usual in the last little while. But it’s one of those things. Once we all get back together and the chips fall, we’ll be a better team because of it.”



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