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Toews: “It doesn’t feel like we’re down 3-1″

Apr 19, 2012, 11:41 PM EST

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes have given us a lot in the first four games of their series. In fact, they tied an NHL record by sending their first four game to overtime, becoming the only teams to do that other than the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens way back in 1951. Yet for all that, the Blackhawks must feel a little stunned to be down 3-1 in the series thanks to tonight’s 3-2 overtime loss.

Toews has been a surprisingly robust source of frank quotes lately, and he nailed the mood when he spoke with Chris Kuc.

“It doesn’t feel like we’re down 3-1,” Toews said. “Every game has been close. Tonight, especially, it’s a little disappointing.”

The Blackhawks have shown that they can fight back from a big deficit to at least make a series out of things before. As you probably remember, the Vancouver Canucks had them down 3-0 last season only to need a dramatic Alexander Burrows overtime-winner to squeak by Chicago in Game 7 of last year’s first round.

Of course, the bottom line is that the Blackhawks still lost that series – close or not.

In a way, Mikkel Boedker‘s game-winner might be symbolic of this first round skirmish. The Blackhawks nearly scored on the other end only to see Boedker break in and just barely beat Corey Crawford.

We’ll see if that moment ends up telling the story or if Chicago can turn things around and make things awfully interesting once again.

  1. tbeilfuss - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    One of the most honest captains in sports.

    • nobandwagoners - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Maybe if he were to admit that Phoenix is “exposing them [Chicago] for who they are”.

      Go Phoenix! Who’d figure the Hawks would have so much problem with the Yotes (no offence Phoenix)

      • tbeilfuss - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        Anyone who watches hockey would. Blackhawks struggle with all dump and chase/defensive teams.

      • howiehandles - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

        Do you watch hockey much? The Hawks struggled all year vs teams like this.

        ‘exposing them’? Can you come up with an original thought?

        The Hawks were a flawed team to begin with, note their fourth place finish.

        And let’s face it, neither team is going past the second round anyways.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        Exactly. Why do you think Blackhawk fans were most wary of Nashville down the stretch of the regular season? They are by far the best team and forcing opponents to do this.

        Let’s start a drinking game. Everytime Kane tries to skate between two defenders to enter the zone and coughs it up before he gets to the high slot, take a drink.

        Two shifts and you’ll be drunk.

  2. wisbadgers - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    The better team won tonight. I’m not sure where this Boyd Gordon came from, but he was unbelievable tonight. Smith played huge too. That was one of the lamest goals I have ever seen. Crawford sucks.

    • capsfan19 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      Ha he’s from the caps. You’re welcome!

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Yeah, um the better goalie won tonight.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    I feel bad for him and the Hawks. Crawford can’t allow that goal in OT, it was brutal.

    • howiehandles - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      This has been going on all year with him. He’s good for a softy per game.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        True, but that one was beyond soft. It literally went through him.

  4. micasa81 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Maybe ot doesn’t feel like an outright loss anymore on account of all the charity points. Then the playoffs (a.k.a. reality) come.

  5. canuck54143 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    One good goalie away from cup champions… Crawford is a great back up goalie,

    • howiehandles - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      I don’t know about that. They still need a second line center, a physical forward (gee, they gave up one in Brouwer), and another defenseman. Leddy is young, but he’s brutal Took the wrong angle which led to the breakaway, just one instance of his many errors each game. The kid has good upside, especially as an offensive dman, but yikes. And Oduya has proven in the playoffs, to be the opposite of the guy who finished the stretch with the Hawks.

      Hopefully they’ll make the necessary changes, but then again, the brain-trust told the fans that they carved out cap room so they could use it for the stretch. Ooops.

    • howiehandles - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      You want Crawford? Schneider for Crawford, even up. I’ll even drive him there, and throw in Emery. :)

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

        Oh my God. Does this mean we have to go for Luongo?

        I think I just ruined my weekend.

  6. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Maybe it’ll sink in a bit once the Yotes knock you fellas out, Johnny.

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