Rundblad gets playoff opportunity after Rozsival injury

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(CHICAGO) — Skating opposite Duncan Keith on the Blackhawks first-line defense during practice Sunday was a face that hasn’t played yet in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

24-year-old David Rundblad slides into Michal Rozsival’s spot with the top-six defensemen after Rozsival fractured his ankle in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals Thursday night in Minnesota.

“Really sorry for Rozy, he’s been playing really good so far too, I just feel bad for him but at the same time I got to feel excited right now,” said Rundblad. “This is what you want to do, you want to play games. It’s no fun just to back skate.”

Rundblad played in 49 regular season games for the Hawks, but head coach Joel Quenneville would not commit to how much ice time the young Swede would see in the Western Conference Finals. Rozsival averaged around 15-18 minutes per game during the playoffs.

The Blackhawks await the winner of the Anaheim-Calgary series in the conference finals. The Ducks have a 3-1 series lead and host the Flames in Game 5 Sunday night.

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