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Jonathan Toews enjoys the psychological twist they’re putting on Phoenix

Apr 23, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

Jonathan Toews, Johnny Oduya, Viktor Stalberg AP

It’s doubtful you’d ever think of Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews as a cerebral assassin of sorts.

Intense? Yes. Deadly serious? Absolutely. Psychological mastermind? Perhaps he is.

Toews tells’s Tracey Myers he knows his team is putting the Phoenix Coyotes in an uncomfortable spot by forcing a Game 6.

“You can imagine the feeling they have now; they didn’t want to come back to Chicago, they wanted to end it there,” Jonathan Toews said about the Coyotes. “Any time we can keep pushing it to another game, they’re getting that feeling it’s theirs to lose. We’re trying to put the pressure on them and playing hard. We want to do that again [Monday] night, just like we did last game.”

The longer a series goes, the more the pressure increases for the team that had the advantage and the Coyotes are no different. Helping to exaggerate that pressure is the fact the Coyotes, since calling the desert home, have never advanced past the first round of the playoffs.

With Andrew Shaw returning from his suspension tonight, the Blackhawks hope they’ll have a bit more ammunition on their side to force a Game 7.

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    That’d be fine, if the Coyotes haven’t already won twice in Chicago.

    He can talk about psychological warfare all he wants, but the Hawks get a little too complacent and think that outplaying the opponents in a given period that still ends in a tie is the same thing as leading. They let up off of the throttle way too easily, and that’s something they have to look hard at in the off-season–even if they come back to put if off for at least another round.

  2. sprtsfan1 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Hawks may be a bit lax until they absolutely have their back against the wall, but they always seem to pull through. Game seven should be fun to watch.

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