For the first time in a few weeks Corey Crawford was on the ice, taking shots from goaltending coach Jimmy Waite.
And while Crawford still has some time before he returns, it was a welcome sight en route to that point.
Crawford worked out prior to the team practice on Saturday and coach Joel Quenneville said the goaltender could take part in a practice soon as the Blackhawks prepped for the Boston Bruins. Quenneville wasn’t pegging a particular time for when Crawford could return, saying he’ll know more once Crawford takes part in a full practice. But he was encouraged by Saturday.
“He felt good the last couple of days. Good to see him out there on the ice, good while he was out there and good afterward. Big first step here and I think he did a good job with it,” Quenneville said. “We’ll have a better idea [after he practices] but we expect him at some point here hopefully he gets in a game before [the playoffs].”
Until then, however, the Blackhawks are focused on their final four regular-season games, starting with Boston on Sunday morning. Scott Darling will start vs. the Bruins and Marian Hossa, who missed Friday’s game due to illness, will play.
“I was under the weather the last couple days, and I just laid at home, low key. But right now I feel much better,” said Hossa. “Pretty good practice today, so ready to go.”
But the Blackhawks will be without Andrew Shaw, who’s day-to-day with an upper-body injury he sustained against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. Quenneville did not deem Shaw’s injury serious.