Versteeg fine to play against Bruins

January, 18, 2014
Jan 18
3:20
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg was relieved to wake up Saturday morning and feel better after having the wind knocked out of him in Friday’s game with the Anaheim Ducks.

Versteeg collided with teammate Bryan Bickell in the final seconds of the second period. Versteeg struggled to breathe after hit and didn’t play in the third period. He was considered day-to-day after the game.

“Last night was a precaution, got to go through protocols and see things through,” Versteeg said after practice Saturday. “When you get winded like that, it’s a pretty [bad] feeling, too, to say the least. You’re gasping for air. It was a lot of precaution. Woke up today, felt good, really want to play in tomorrow’s game.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Versteeg was fine to play against the Boston Bruins on Sunday.

Versteeg and Bickell joked Saturday about the collision.

“I saw the puck and then I knew there wasn’t much time,” Bickell said. “I was looking that way or I was looking at him. I don’t know what happened. It was a collision, one of those things like he better move or I’m just going straight. He took the worst of it, I think.”

Versteeg confirmed that.

“Said I ran into a bus pretty much, feels like it a little bit this morning,” said Versteeg, who scored his first goal Friday in 11 games. “It was accidental, but it’s never fun to be involved in collisions like that.”
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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