ST. PAUL, Minn. — Michal Rozsival had been having a pretty solid second round against the Minnesota Wild. Now it looks like he could be sidelined for a while.
Rozsival suffered a left-leg injury in the second period as the Blackhawks faced the Wild in Game 4 on Thursday night. Rozsival fell trying to defend Tomas Vanek, his left foot twisting awkwardly under him as he went down. Rozsival stayed face down on the ice for several moments.
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He was unable to put any weight on his left leg and had to be helped off by teammates.
Corey Crawford stopped Vanek’s backhand breakaway on the play. The Wild finally ended their scoreless drought about a minute later, as Erik Haula scored to cut the Blackhawks lead to 2-1. It was the Wild’s first goal since the third period of Game 2.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and alternate captain Duncan Keith had to be separated during Tuesday's morning skate after the two appeared to get into a confrontation.
The two three-time Stanley Cup champs wrestled to the ice, with Toews pinning Keith down. Assistant coach Sheldon Brookbank broke the pair up.
“Just a little friendly wrestling," Toews said of the bout. "Were ready to go. It’s a big game tonight. I think the whole point of morning skate is to get going and we’re ready now.”
Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton also made light of the situation following the skate.
"You got a brother?" Colliton asked Chicago Tribune reporter Jimmy Greenfield, who asked about the altercation. "I do too and I got two boys at home, so I've seen that movie before."
Things have been looking up for Chicago, which is three points out of a WIld Card spot and riding a five-game winning streak with one game left before the All-Star break.
"I don't know," Patrick Kane said with a laugh regarding the kerfuffle. "I think they were just messing around, I'm not really sure what happened there."
The Hawks welcome coach Joel Quenneville back to the United Center for the first time since he was fired on Nov. 6 of 2018 Tuesday night. Quenneville now coaches the Florida Panthers, third in the Atlantic Division.
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Former Blackhawks head coach and current Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville sits down with NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks Insider Charlie Roumeliotis and as they discuss his transition to a new job, parallels he sees from his young Hawks team and his current young Panthers team, and his feelings about returning to Chicago. Pat Boyle, and Scott King also discuss their memories about Coach Q and his impact on not only the Hawks, but the sport as well.
(1:34:) - Thoughts and memories of Coach Q
(4:13) - Quenneville's impact on his players
(11:02) - Coach Quenneville's sit down interview**
(24:02) - Reaction to the Quenneville interview
(25:56) – Calgary game still bothers Quenneville
(29:52) - How fans will react to Quenneville's return
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