DETROIT — Niklas Kronwall was on the end of a crushing blow by Chicago’s Bryan Bickell against the boards midway through the third period and appeared to have jammed his right hand into the boards.
The Wings defenseman said he’s ready to go for Game 6.
“You get a little bumps and bruises along the way, this is just part of it,” Kronwall said. “You take some and you deliver some. That’s part of the game.”
Kronwall said he saw Bickell coming and tried to hold onto the puck before sending it to Henrik Zetterberg.
“A lot of times when you hit, you put yourself in a bad spot,” Kronwall said. “I got caught in a bit of a bad spot there.”
After the hit, Kronwall played one more shift before sitting the final seven minutes of the game.
“There will be physical hits in the playoffs,” Zetterberg said. “Kronner’s one guy that will play through that. I have no worries about him. He’s a fighter. I don’t think he feels that bad today. I’m sure there will be good hits again (Monday).”