Huet biding time

Chris Kuc, Tribune reporter

The window of opportunity for Cristobal Huet to seize the Blackhawks’ No. 1 goaltending job for the postseason isn’t slammed shut.

After Antti Niemi played in his third consecutive game Tuesday night when the Hawks took on the Coyotes at the United Center, only 10 games remain in the regular season and the chances to impress are dwindling. But coach Joel Quenneville said the race for the top spot is ongoing.

“Huet’s going to play,” Quenneville said. “We want to get him back in here quickly. There’s a good chance he’s going to be playing rather soon. Both guys are still going to get a chance here.”

That’s good news for Huet, who hasn’t played since a devastating loss March 13 to the Flyers when he yielded two goals in the final minutes. Since then, Huet has battled the flu but he returned to act as Niemi’s backup Saturday night against the Coyotes.

“I don’t know how it’s going to work out,” Huet said. “I know what I can do. It would be great to have some games in a row but we’ll see how it works out. It’s not in my hands.”

Farmville: The Hawks honored minor league affiliate Rockford during Tuesday’s game. The team and coaching staff was introduced to the United Center crowd during the second intermission. Nine current Hawks are former IceHogs, including winger Troy Brouwer.,0,6285265.story

Leave a Reply