Hawks' Kopecky doubtful for Game 2

Human InterestVancouver CanucksHealthDave BollandJoel QuennevilleRyan JohnsonChicago Blackhawks

VANCOUVER -- It appears the Chicago Blackhawks will be without the services of winger Tomas Kopecky for Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Canucks.

Kopecky suffered an upper-body injury during the first period of Game 1 on Wednesday night and Joel Quenneville said Thursday the veteran was "doubtful" for Game 2 on Friday night. Quenneville indicated Fernando Pisani, who was a scratch in the opener, would replace Kopecky.

Meanwhile, center Ryan Johnson, who was injured when he went knee-to-knee with the Canucks' Tanner Glass in the third period, is okay and is expected to play.

Center Dave Bolland remains sidelined with a concussion, but participated in two-on-two drills with teammates at Rogers Arena on Thursday and is still optimistic he will play in the series.

The injuries make the Hawks' task of rallying for a series victory after dropping Game 1 that much more difficult, but the team is ready to forge ahead.
"If you're out there playing, you're fine," defenseman Brian Campbell said. "I'm sure there are lots of guys that are banged up. (The Canucks) have guys the same way. There's no excuses on that part--whoever is not playing, you roll the next person in and you go. Nobody's going to feel sorry for us and that’s not going to win us playoff series, thinking about that and pouting about that. Good teams learn how to get past that to win."

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