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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is expected to play against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday after missing the past seven games due to a lower-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said on Thursday.
Shaw was on the team's trip to Los Angeles, and at Friday's practice, Quenneville said, "We're happy to have Shawsy back. He's been there mostly all year, so that's where he's at."
Shaw was injured after taking a hit from Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner in the first period during Game 1 of their second-round series on May 2. Shaw was hit into the boards and fell to the ice. He limped off the ice and went to the dressing room. He did not return for the remainder of the game.
Shaw wanted to play against the Kings in Game 2 on Wednesday, but Quenneville held him out to give him a few additional days to get ready. He began practicing with the team again on Tuesday.
Speaking Friday of his delayed return, Shaw said, "Pretty excited. A long wait, long recovery. I know it was only three weeks, but it feels like a couple of months."
Quenneville thought Shaw's return would benefit the Blackhawks in a number of ways, especially after the Blackhawks dropped Game 2 to the Kings 6-2.
"He's got an element you appreciate -- his competitiveness," Quenneville said Thursday. "He's got some skills. He's got some abrasiveness. He's got the right attitude to find the way to get the job done.
"We haven't missed [Shaw] much over the last few years. It's exciting to get him back in the lineup, and that [third] line should be effective. His presence can help us as well."
Shaw has two goals, two assists, a zero rating and has averaged 15:54 of ice time in seven playoff games this season. He had 20 goals, 19 assists and a plus-12 rating in 80 regular-season games.