Michal Rozsival came out of the dressing room with a swollen upper lip and a good amount of stitches above it. But considering the damage he could have sustained when he took a puck to his mouth late in Sunday’s game, he was relieved.
Rozsival said he had “nothing broken, no teeth missing” after the shot he took Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers. Rozsival was on the bench when the puck flew off David Perron’s stick and hit him in the mouth. The Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman practiced with a large face shield on his helmet on Wednesday.
“Obviously it’s just a cut, nothing serious,” said Rozsival, who’s had some good outings in recent games. “It could’ve been worse, so I’m real lucky.”
Coach Joel Quenneville agreed.
“He was fortunate it was just stitches and pain,” he said. “A little higher or a little lower, it would’ve been trouble.”
Rozsival went down immediately but said he never lost consciousness. He said he wasn’t watching the play when it happened.
“It was my fault because I wasn’t watching the play,” he said. “If I watched the play I’d probably be able to make some move to protect myself. I just lost sight of the puck.”
Rozsival said he got a text message from Perron, “saying he’s sorry and didn’t mean to do that. I appreciated it. It was nice of him to reach out to me.”
So Rozsival will be available to play when the Blackhawks host the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night at the United Center. Whether or not he goes forward with the face shield is uncertain. Rozsival’s never played with one before and was just trying it out in today’s practice. He said he wasn’t hampered by it.
It sounds like it’s still going to be some time before the Blackhawks’ injured players return. Quenneville said Mike Kostka and Brad Mills (lower body), as well as Michal Handzus (upper body) are going to be out “for a while.”
Quenneville said Kostka is out of the walking boot he was wearing on his right foot — “he’s closer to getting in the skate, but he’s still not there yet.” Handzus had been skating last week but hasn’t the past two days as it appears he suffered a setback.
“It’s going to take time,” Quenneville said of Handzus.
— Marian Hossa and his wife welcomed their second child on Tuesday.
— Quenneville said the Blackhawks could make a call-up heading into the circus trip, but the team will discuss that after the weekend.
— Corey Crawford will get the start tomorrow against the Coyotes.