CHICAGO – For one Sunday at least, it was like old times for Chris Chelios, the Blackhawks-turned-Detroit Red Wings defenseman.
In the absence of the injured Nicklas Lidstrom (lower-body injury), Chelios was in uniform for the first time in the series. He logged four minutes, 37 seconds of ice time in six shifts.
“It reminds me of the old Stadium being fully packed,” said Chelios, a Chicago native. “I love the atmosphere. There were a lot of familiar faces in the crowd, I’ll tell you that.
“Watching the game last Friday was really something else. It was nice to see the buzz back at the United Center again.”
Lidstrom had taken part in 228 consecutive playoff games.
The Blackhawks were without Martin Havlat for the nearly two periods and Nikolai Khabibulin for the entire game, and it could be more of the same in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Khabibulin was sidelined because of a lower-body injury, which caused him to be lifted after the second period in the third game.
“He has progressed all right,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville reported. “We’re off (today) off and will practice Tuesday, then we’ll get a better indication of how close he is.”
Havlat took a hard hit from Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart in the second period and did not return to the bench in the next one. In Game 3, Nicklas Kronwall knocked out Havlat with a thunderous check in the first period. He did not play the rest of the way.
“He seemed to be fine after the game,” Quenneville said. “We’ll see how he progresses over the next couple days.”
Kane, Campbell struggle
The series has been a difficult one for Brian Campbell and Patrick Kane in particular.
In Game 4, Campbell was on the ice for three even-strength goals and played a direct role in two of them.
After Campbell was trapped deep in the attack zone, Marian Hossa scored the first goal of the game on a 2-against-1 break. Johan Franzen used Campbell as a screen to beat goalie Cristobal Huet in the final minute of the period.
Kane finished with a minus-2 rating and one assist, his first point in the series.
“We just try to play a good five-man unit and limit his touches the best as possible,” head coach Mike Babcock said. “But you’re never going to shut down a guy like that totally with amount of skill that he has.”
INTO THE FIRE
In his first career postseason appearance, back-up goaltender Corey Crawford allowed one goal in seven shots.
“It didn’t turn out the way that I wanted,” Crawford said. “Still, I take the experience any day.”
The 24-year-old Crawford played for the Rockford Ice Hogs in the regular season. His last NHL game was in the 2007-08 season.