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Shaw skates, could play in Game 2

by Brian Hedger / Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw took another step Monday toward returning to action against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final, skating on his own at United Center.

Shaw has missed the past six games with a lower-body injury sustained in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Minnesota Wild.

"We'll put him in practice [Tuesday] with the full group and make an assessment on him," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's made some real good progress the last few days and he felt pretty good [Monday]."

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-7 series 1-0. Game 2 is Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Shaw plays with a lot of emotion and plays in front of the net on the top power-play unit. Chicago is 4-2 without him, which Quenneville said is the result of a team-wide effort to replace his grit and energy on the third line.

"Getting through Minnesota was a tough test for us and even [Game 1 against the Kings], as well, without his presence," Quenneville said. "Getting through it without him is something that we know that element, we've got to absorb it [as a team], because he really brings an intangible to our team that you can use through games and as a season and series [progress]. It will be fun to get him back into our lineup and we look forward to it."

Shaw, who has logged time at center and right wing on the top checking unit, has two goals and two assists in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games. He had 20 goals and 19 assists in 80 regular-season games.

"[Shaw] brings a real nice element to our team and he helped our power play along," Quenneville said. "He scores big goals for us. He's got that tenacity and he's good in the puck areas, got some skill and [he's] a real competitive guy, so in a tough series that element seemed to be shared by everybody."

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