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Brian Campbell copes as foot troubles limit his game

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



That Brian Campbell made it through the Blackhawks’ last game and practiced Saturday is encouraging. But his left foot injury lingers.

“I don’t think it’s something that’s going to go away today or tomorrow, but hopefully it gets better with time,” Campbell said. “It’s a different injury. But it’s not too bad.”

It hurts Campbell in the area where he does his most damage.

“It affects my skating. That’s the frustrating part,” Campbell said. “It’s our biggest asset and the biggest tool for hockey players. At different times in the games, it gets to be challenging.”

Before his injury, Campbell had a goal and four assists in a five-game stretch, and his plus-minus rating ascended to the top of the league.

“It’s been a big setback that way,” he said. “I felt I was skating really good and was happy about my game. I’m just going to keep going, see how it feels every game and see what I can do out there.”

Calder chatter

Goalie Corey Crawford has emerged as a viable Calder Trophy candidate as one of the league’s top rookies. He could notch his 30th victory if the Hawks beat the Anaheim Ducks tonight at the United Center. Crawford would be the first Hawks goalie to do so since Jocelyn Thibault won 33 in 2001-02.

“In my mind, he’s probably the best rookie in the NHL right now,” winger Patrick Kane said. “Hopefully, he can get that award and bring it back to Chicago. But 30 wins is pretty impressive by any goalie.”

Major importance

The Hawks’ game tonight against the Ducks is their last against a team jockeying for the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. The Ducks (87 points) have one fewer point than the Hawks and have played one more game.

“You look back and we’ve had some big games and we said that our next game will be our biggest one, but this truly is,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “You look at the remaining games we have, this is basically our last game with a team fighting for the same space we are.”



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