Chicago’s going to the Stanley Cup Final after earning a 5-3 victory over Anaheim tonight, but there were concerns that Marcus Kruger and Bryan Bickell might have been hurt in the process.
While injury information is scarce in the playoffs, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville did say after the game that both of them “should be fine,” per CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers.
Bickell logged 4:12 minutes in the first period, but was limited to just one 10 second shift in the second frame and didn’t play at all on the third. He remained on the bench though, leaving it up to debate as to whether or not he was hurt.
They might not be counted among the Blackhawks’ star players, but their depth in terms of forwards is part of what makes them effective. Their defense was tested in this series due to the loss of Michal Rozsival (ankle). We’ll see if that proves to be the extent of their serious injury issues going forward.