The Chicago Blackhawks earned an impressive 4-0 victory over the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night, but it came at a price.
Star winger and reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane suffered what appeared to be a leg injury in the second period, and according to Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, the 25-year-old will be out of the lineup for almost a month.
Kane got his skates caught up and went down awkwardly in the right circle with 12:39 left, grabbed at lower leg/knee area. Skated off.—
Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) March 20, 2014
Coach Q: Kane will miss "about three weeks" with the injury he sustained tonight. #Blackhawks—
Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 20, 2014
Kane leads the Blackhawks with 69 points (29 goals, 40 assists) in 69 games.
Luckily for the Blackhawks, top prospect Teuvo Teravainen — who some people call the “Finnish Patrick Kane” — has been cleared to leave Finland and join the team for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Teuvo Teravainen has been cleared by FIN federation/Jokerit to join CHI. Hawks will decide in coming days where (NHL or AHL)/when he plays.—
Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 20, 2014
With Kane’s injury opening up a spot in the top-six, it’s possible that Teravainen, who has an incredible offensive skill set, could get some ice time on Chicago’s second line over the next few weeks.