Blackhawks' Campoli undergoes knee surgery

Tribune reporter

Moments after turning the puck over and watching Alexandre Burrows score to end the Chicago Blackhawks' season, defenseman Chris Campoli stood in the dressing room at Rogers Arena and took full blame for the 2-1 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

What the veteran failed to mention as he fielded tough questions following the April 26 game, was that Campoli was apparently playing with a knee injury that required surgery Tuesday.

"I didn't get it out," Campoli said after Game 7 of the failed clearing attempt that Burrows gloved, dropped to the ice and then blasted past goaltender Corey Crawford to end the series. "I couldn't get it over him. He made a play. I stuck my stick at it and I think I deflected it. Those are the kind of turnovers you can't have. It cost us the game and it's disappointing."

The news of Campoli's surgery is a surprise, considering coach Joel Quenneville said two days later as the Hawks were clearing out their lockers that there were no injuries to players that weren't already revealed.

Apparently there was at least Campoli's, as the team issued a statement Wednesday from team physician Michael Terry regarding the surgery.

"Chris Campoli underwent successful right knee surgery on Tuesday afternoon to repair a torn meniscus," Terry said. "The procedure went very well and he will gradually return to normal off-season workouts. I anticipate a full recovery in approximately two months."

Campoli, who was acquired by the Hawks for Ryan Potulny and a conditional draft pick in a Feb. 28 trade with the Ottawa Senators and is a restricted free agent, blended in well with the Hawks' defensive units and is likely in the team's plans for next season.

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