Toews goes down in loss to Kings, returns to Chicago

Updated: January 2, 2008, 7:29 PM ET
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The Chicago Blackhawks' youth movement hit a stumbling block on Tuesday night.

Not only did the team get roughed up by the Los Angeles Kings 9-2, promising youngster Jonathan Toews suffered what has initially been diagnosed as a sprained knee, according to multiple media reports in Chicago.

One of the Hawks' top scorers with 15 goals and 32 points, the rookie returned to Chicago from Los Angeles to undergo an MRI.

Coach Denis Savard told The Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that he believed Toews suffered a second degree strain to his MCL and said he could be out "two to four weeks, but we'll find out a little more this week."

Toews left the game after only 3 minutes and 29 seconds on the ice. The Hawks fell apart, allowing eight straight goals in the loss.

Fellow Hawks rookie Patrick Kane leads the team with 37 points. Despite the blowout loss, Chicago has posted a solid 19-16-3 record and is trying to make the playoffs after a four-year drought.