Artem Anisimov ‘good to go’ for Game 1 of the playoffs

SHARE Artem Anisimov ‘good to go’ for Game 1 of the playoffs

Artem Anisimov hasn’t played since he was injured on March 14 in Montreal. (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Center Artem Anisimov will be ready to go for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Anisimov, who suffered an apparent leg injury last month, has been skating well in Chicago during the team’s season-ending road trip and will be in the lineup when the playoffs open, likely Thursday.

‘‘I don’t know if [there is any] doubt at all,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘He’s good to go.’’

Meanwhile, defenseman Michal Rozsival (upper body) and winger Andrew Desjardins (lower body), both of whom figure to be extras when the playoffs begin, are day-to-day with injuries suffered Thursday against the Ducks. Rozsival was sucker-punched by the Ducks’ Nick Ritchie, a blow that earned Ritchie a two-game suspension.

Quenneville said he hadn’t heard any news about defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who has been tending to a family matter this week.

Injury scare

The Hawks got a scare for the second consecutive game when winger Marian Hossa left in the first period Saturday after taking a slash on the right arm from the Kings’ Jarome Iginla. He returned for the second period and appeared fine.

On Thursday, winger Ryan Hartman left the game briefly after being slashed on the right arm by the Ducks’ Corey Perry after the whistle. The Ducks and Kings are two of the more physical teams in the league.

Miller time

The Kings spent the game honoring broadcaster Bob Miller, who is retiring after 44 seasons with the team.

Follow me on Twitter @MarkLazerus.



Blackhawks fall in season finale, draw Predators in first round

Bryan Bickell to retire after final two games of the season

The Latest
The 8-3 loss dropped the Sox to 56-55. They’re 8-7 during a stretch of 19 games against teams with losing records.
A man, 51, was on the street next to his parked car about 12:45 p.m. in the first block of East 23rd Street when another vehicle pulled up alongside him.
The Sun-Times is counting down the top 10 teams in the preseason Super 25 and selecting the 10 best players at key positions.
Steven Young took Kankakee’s loss to Fenwick in last season’s Class 5A state title game hard.