SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers expressed more concern about the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs than possible retribution for a hit that injured star forward Patrick Kane as they prepared to play the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in the back end of a home-and-home set.
"We have to get two points, so it's not something that we're worried about," said Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell, a former teammate of Kane's with the Blackhawks. "I know they would love to start getting on a roll and playing better as well."
The Blackhawks placed Kane on long-term injured reserve Wednesday after he sustained a broken left clavicle crashing into the boards in the first period of their 3-2 shootout victory Tuesday. Kane lost his balance after defenseman Alex Petrovic pushed him. He is expected to miss 12 weeks.
Petrovic was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking on the play.
"That hit was an accident," said Petrovic, who was recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Jan. 28 and will play his 16th game of the season Thursday. "He fell into the boards. I didn't intend to injure anyone or target anyone. It just happened. Tonight obviously they're going to come out hard and probably seek revenge or whatnot. But we've got to get two. It's a big two points so I think at the end of the day that's what we're here for."
The Panthers acquired forward Jaromir Jagr on Thursday in a trade with the New Jersey Devils; Jagr is not expected to play this game.