The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to advance to the Western Conference Final with a win tonight and they got off to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Brent Seabrook and Andrew Shaw. However, they suffered a potentially serious setback as defenseman Michal Rozsival left the game with what looked like a pretty bad ankle injury.
He fell awkwardly and had to be helped off the ice. You can see the unfortunate incident below:
Chicago hasn’t provided an update yet, so it’s possible that this is a case where the injury isn’t as bad as it initially seems. If he can’t return to the game though — and it would be surprising if he does — then Chicago will need to rely much more on Kimmo Timonen. The 40-year-old blueliner has been averaging 9:31 minutes per game in the playoffs and logged a mere 5:44 minutes on Tuesday.
Update: As expected, Chicago announced that he won’t return tonight.