MONTREAL — Artem Anisimov is full of surprises.
Two days after he suddenly fell ill and was scratched barely an hour before a home game, Anisimov hopped a flight to Montreal to join the Blackhawks and played in Thursday’s game against the Canadiens. Anisimov wasn’t on the team charter on Wednesday, missed the morning skate on Thursday and was expected to miss at least one more game.
Anisimov returned to his usual spot between Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane. Teuvo Teravainen, who filled in on the second line during Tuesday’s win over Nashville, was back at third-line right wing, with Andrew Desjardins and Phil Danault.
“Teuvo’s useful in a lot of ways, from playing with Phil to playing with [Panarin and Kane], killing penalties, [playing on the] top unit,” Joel Quenneville said. “His flexibility gives you a lot of options.”
Meanwhile, defenseman Erik Gustafsson left Thursday’s morning skate after about 15 minutes and did not play.
“He’s not too bad,” Quenneville said. “Day to day.”
When asked if Gustafsson injured himself during the skate somehow, Quenneville said it was “a little residue from the other night.”
Bickell still out
Bryan Bickell was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. Quenneville declined to speculate on if the veteran forward, who carries a $4-million cap hit, could be headed for a second stint in Rockford.
“He’s still trying to work on his game and keep himself ready to get the chance to get back in the lineup,” Quenneville said. “Things change quickly in our business.”
Montreal native Corey Crawford got the start against the team he grew up idolizing. He entered the game with a 3-0-2 record, a .954 save percentage and a 1.38 goals-against average in his career against the Canadiens. Mike Condon, who helps run a goaltending camp in Chicago with Scott Darling and Maple Leafs goalie Garret Sparks in the summer, started for Montreal.