Madden returns to practice for Hawks
February, 27, 2010
By JESSE ROGERS
John Madden returned to practice on Saturday for the first time since injuring his knee in a game against Dallas on Feb. 9. Madden missed the final two games before the Olympic break, and says he’s hopeful to play Tuesday against the Islanders.
Jeff Vinnick/Getty ImagesJohn Madden returned to practice on Saturday, the first time he has done so since being injured on Feb. 9.
“I felt pretty good. I was actually surprised,” Madden said. “I didn’t engage in any contact or anything like that, but just skating felt pretty good.
“I’m hoping to [play]. I’m being optimistic about it but at the same time I don’t want to rush back too soon.”
He and coach Joel Quenneville agreed a lot will be determined after Sunday’s practice when Madden “works more in the corners” and picks up the pace a notch.
The injury occurred very quickly as Madden went on the ice for a shift.
“I jumped on the ice and there was a turnover at our blueline and I was headed out [on the ice] and Steeger [Kris Versteeg] was coming in to hit the guy that originally had the puck and we went knee on knee,” Madden explained. “I was on the ice for, like, two seconds before it happened. I thought I just tweaked my knee; it turned out to be a little more than that.”
Madden reiterated that with the Hawks fairly healthy, there is no need to rush into anything. The Hawks play four games in six nights after the break is over.
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