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Boynton just wants to fit in
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 3/18/2010 12:00 AM

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Nick Boynton made his Blackhawks debut Wednesday night fully aware that he was stepping into a tough spot as Brian Campbell's replacement on one of the most active defenses in the NHL.

Boynton is not a premier puck mover like Campbell, and he wasn't going to try to be one with his new team.

"It's definitely a high-tempo team all around, that was my experience from playing against Chicago," Boynton said. "I'm just going to worry about myself and do my best to fit in.

"It's a good chance for me and I'm really looking forward to it. There's no sense trying to do too much. It's a simple game and I've just got to try to keep it that way and not overdue it."

Boynton played his first game as a Hawk against the team that traded him on March 2 for future considerations. Boynton appeared in 42 games for the Ducks and was plus-1 with 7 points.

"Some of the people over there didn't care for the way I played maybe, but it couldn't work out better for me personally," Boynton said.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville expressed confidence Boynton would be able to step in meet the challenge of playing in the top four on defense.

"Systems deviate a little bit but with experience I think he should be fine knowing his a way around the rink," Quenneville said. "Basically you use that as a foundation for how you're going to play and if there's any tweaks we need to reinforce along the way we can point out. Play your game and he should be fine."

New-look defense: Joel Quenneville knows his defense will have a different look without Brian Campbell, who will miss at least the next seven or eight weeks with a broken collarbone and fractured rib from Alex Ovechkin's hit Sunday.

The Hawks also are without defenseman Kim Johnsson, who missed his second straight game Wednesday with an upper-body injury.

"Certainly quality minutes and important minutes as well, as far losing Johnsson and Campbell," Quenneville said. "We haven't really had that type of exposure all year long.

"It's going to be a test and we're going to find out about some of our pairings and matchups and see how they handle a little more quality and quantity ice time. It'll be a work in progress for us."

Selanne plays: Teemu Selanne played Wednesday despite hurting his shoulder Sunday and said it had nothing to do with chasing 600 career goals.

Selanne went into the game against the Hawks needing 1 goal to become the 18th player in NHL history to join that exclusive club.

"That's not the motivation," Selanne said. "We still have a chance to battle for the playoffs. You keep fighting as long as we have a chance."

Anaheim's playoff chances are pretty much shot. They went into Wednesday's game 10 points out of the last spot in the Western Conference with just 14 games to play and five teams to pass.

Tip-ins: Cristobal Huet stayed back at the hotel for the second straight day Wednesday with the flu. - The Ducks were without leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf (shoulder).