Hawks hope Havlat can play in Game 4

Hawks hope Havlat can play in Game 4

Posted by TimS on Sat, 05/23/2009 - 15:51
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville didn't rule out having Marty Havlat back in the lineup Sunday for Game 4 at the United Center. Havlat was knocked out of Game 3 on Friday by Niklas Kronwall's big hit in the first period. "I thought Marty really looked good today," Quenneville said Saturday. "Hopefully he progresses today in the same fashion for tomorrow and there's a chance he could play tomorrow. We're still optimistic that Havvy could play. "Our medical staff is pretty in tune to his health. His health's going to be the first criteria before he's even going to be considered to be playing. If he's ready to play and he passes all tests, he'll play." It's possible Havlat suffered a concussion, which would require him to "pass tests" before being cleared to play. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is doubtful for Game 4 with a lower body injury. Cristobal Huet was preparing on Saturday to be Sunday's starter. The Hawks continued to call Kronwall's hit on Havlat dirty, much to the surprise of the Red Wings, who must believe their wings make them little angels. Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell called the hit "gutless" for the second straight day. It was not a clean hit, by any means. All Kronwall had to do was use his shoulder. Instead he got his arms and hands up into Havlat face, which is a head shot. Said Red WIngs coach Mike Babcock: "I thought it was a great hockey hit. So far from being gutless, it's not even funny." As if the Hawks really care what Babcock thinks.
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