CHICAGO -- Andrew Shaw was eager to rejoin the Blackhawks' lineup for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Kings, but coach Joel Quenneville had other ideas.
The forward missed his seventh consecutive game Wednesday night at the United Center. Quenneville opted to give Shaw a few more days to recover from an apparent right leg injury he suffered in Game 1 of the Hawks' second-round series against the Wild on May 2.
"(I'll) get a few more skates under the belt -- coach's decision," Shaw said before the game. "I have to do what's best for the body. I'm young and my career is just starting, so you don't want to mess anything up. These three extra days are going to be huge for recovery."
Shaw and the Hawks are targeting a return for Game 3 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
"Hoping for it," Shaw said. "I feel good out there. The legs are getting back. I'll just push myself that much harder to get back for Saturday.
"It's just game shape (and) timing. There is no pain, but then again I've missed out on three weeks of skating. It's tough to come back in the best shape."
Said Quenneville: "He wanted to play, but we felt it was in everyone's best interest to shoot for Saturday."
Time flies: The series is far from a whirlwind tour for the Kings and Hawks. Game 2 was the only day the teams competed during a five-day span.
"It is a long break, especially for playoffs when you're used to one (day)," Hawks winger Kris Versteeg said. "But it's going to be nice for both teams because of the travel between the cities. I definitely think that helps with the rest."
The series features earlier start times than many regular-season Hawks games, requiring adjustments for the coaches and players.
"You play about 80 of them all year along," Quenneville said of 7 p.m. starts. "(So) it really is different. We try to change things up as much as you can so the routine doesn't get boring or monotonous, try to fluctuate it as best you can. Change up either meetings or practice times, the routine. It makes it a little easier when you do get different times, different settings, days in between."
Leddy's leadoff: When Nick Leddy was a healthy scratch two weeks ago -- the first time in his career with the Blackhawks -- the defenseman called it a "big wakeup call."
He looked alert in Game 2, serving as one of the few bright spots for the Blackhawks.
Leddy provided a 1-0 lead in the first period off a backhanded goal past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The goal was the first in this season's Stanley Cup playoff run for the Leddy and his second career playoff goal, following up on a score in his first season with the Hawks in the 2011-12 playoffs.
To pull or not to pull? Avalanche coach Patrick Roy led the charge this season for pulling goaltenders earlier than most when his team was trailing late in third periods. The Canadiens adopted that philosophy when they fell behind in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Hawks have their own standards for making the move, usually waiting until less than two minutes remain in a game.
Jeff Carter scored for the Kings in an empty net at the 16-minute, 29-second mark as they built a 6-2 lead against the Hawks.
"It does give you something to think about," Quenneville said. "There are some times when you can pull them with the power play. It's not a bad look, not a bad option at that time. I don't mind pulling a goalie on a power play late."
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