Life as the Blackhawks’ No. 8 defenseman has been very tough for Sami Lepisto, who had played only three times since Nov. 18 before playing in San Jose Friday night because of injuries to other Chicago blueliners.
He was last in the lineup Jan. 2 against the Edmonton Oilers, a span of 15 games, seeing only 5:22 of ice time. "It’s been awhile,’’ he said. "Of course, you’re frustrated. You feel good but just don’t get to play. Obviously, it sucks. You just try to work in practice as hard as you can.’’ Chicago coach Joel Quenneville didn’t offer a detailed explanation for not playing Lepisto, only saying it’s tough to juggle eight defensemen. He has preferred to play enforcer John Scott, a healthy scratch Friday, over Lepisto for most of the season. ‘‘Sometimes you have to make some tough decisions,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘I was telling Sami the other day to be patient and that things can change quickly, and here he is.’’
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 10:11:00 AM