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Toews: “We had so much more than we ended up showing”

Apr 24, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks can pin a lot of blame on Corey Crawford‘s struggles. Joel Quenneville pointed to Marian Hossa‘s injury. Still, any losing team ultimately must look to the mirror and Jonathan Toews told Adam Jahns about his regrets.

“It’s disappointing for this group,” Toews said. “We had so much more than we ended up showing.”

If you want to spread the blame beyond Raffi Torres‘ controversial hit and Crawford’s softies, chastising the power play is a good direction to go in. Despite being loaded with high-end talent (Hossa or not), the Blackhawks went 1-for-19 on the man advantage in the series. Here’s what Toews told Jesse Rogers about it:

“A lot of skill out there and we couldn’t get it done,” Toews said. “It was kind of that way all season and we can’t just come into the playoffs and expect to turn on the switch.”

In a way, that “turn on the switch” argument might be trotted out quite a bit in regard to the Blackhawks’ late comebacks. To some, that might signify that Chicago didn’t put things together until they absolutely have to – and eventually couldn’t reach the switch in Game 6.*

The most haunting thing might be their home record in the series, though: 0-3. Quenneville’s reaction to that was simple and succinct: “That’s brutal.”

It’s also one of the reasons why Toews & Co. enter the summer with a feeling of regret.

* – I do not feel this way.

  1. kb2126 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:38 AM


    • Sean McEachern - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:51 AM

      So good to see the Coyote Fan living the dream…

  2. balewsquare - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Love that Toews quote and really, that could be applied to their season as a whole, not just the power play. Early on, they were battling and eventually overtook Minnesota for the top spot in the west. Then they had a 9 game losing streak. Everyone expected them to magically jump to a higher level or to turn it on, but that never happened. Who you saw was who they were, and who they were weren’t good enough.

    • fatherknowbest - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      yea gotta love our captain. but as a long time hawks/hockey fan it seems to me that when you are forced to trade away half your team rebuilding is always tough. take a good look at the florida panthers-their record this year and how their doing in the playoffs-looks like the blackhawks moved south

  3. slickrickaz - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    I wonder if he “feels like” they are eliminated now.

    • rarelyshaves - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:16 AM

      i wonder if klesla “feels like” seeing out of his right eye ever again

  4. florida727 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    I’ve never been one of those “fire the coach when things go bad” kind of guys, but I’m starting to wonder if Quenneville isn’t the problem. I know… he never lets in a soft goal, misses a check, our commits a penalty, but when you’ve got talent like Kane, Toews, Sharp, etc., what do you pin the reason on? Too satisfied with having won one Cup? There’s got to be more going on behind the scenes than any of us on PHT will ever know about. Oh well, wait until next year. Good luck going forward PHX.

    • polegojim - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Q came to them in 2008 and then helped them develop into the Cup winning team.

      They also made the playoffs the last two years, even though this year wasn’t pretty.

      I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt for a while.

      • florida727 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        I have absolutely no problem agreeing with what you said “jim”. He should have a chance to be the one that figures out what’s wrong. Hope he does, but since PHX eliminated us, I hope they do well the rest of the way.

      • mb65dod - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        I have nothing against Q but it was Dale Tallon who build the team that was sold year after winning the cup

      • polegojim - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Then why did the win only after Q worked with them for two years??? Tallon didn’t do that – and it’s not just about talent…. see Canucks and Sharks.

        Can’t have it both ways. HC should take his lumps, but must get credit for his part in their success.

        Not sure how many of you have ever had a conversation with Coach Q – I have. He’s the real deal. Colorado would take him back in a HEARTBEAT. He’s a players coach, a man’s coach.

      • mb65dod - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        I like him too. I am not taking his credit away for what he did. Only thing is that coaches do not hire players, GMs do. He has done a great job as coach in past. Only thing that I do not like is his constant line shuffling. There is not enough chemistry among the players. If have each time different player next to you, it is not easy to play by feeling where your guy could be, where exactly pass. I know that they practice all situations but real feeling develops after playing numerous number of games with same players on the same line.

      • polegojim - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        Good point. No synergy is a problem.

    • balewsquare - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      I feel like we’re at the point where we start to keep an eye one Q…not quite time to blame him. If you look at their roster, they really have 4 top 6 forwards (19, 81, 10, 88) and then the talent drops off tremendously. Their D is very small, which is good for the fast pace the Hawks play, but they got stuck in their zone a lot in this series. At this point in his career, Crawford is below average.

      I know it’s kind of nit picking a playoff caliber team, but it’s not a Cup winning team. Seems like they have a lot of things they can improve with not a ton of cap or roster space. They got almost no help this year from their FA signings – Montador, Frolik (RFA), O’Donnell, Lepisto, Carcillo…anyone I’m missing? Mayers played his role well this year, and Frolik turned it on in the playoffs (like last year).

  5. pastabelly - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    I like watching Chicago play. But they are a team without much depth or consistent goaltending. Any team left can win any series. There really won’t be many surprises.

  6. canuck54143 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Coach Q has lost this team. The players are playing hero hockey instead of team hockey. You have to play d in your zone and hit. Change coaches and focus on d more with the way Chicago breaks out of the zone it would lead to more scoring chances and odd man rushes. They also need an upgrade in net Crawford is a good back up goalie. Chicago missed Soupy this year and it showed.

  7. monarch897 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I have to agree with the Coach Q criticism to a point. The team totally went away from what worked in the past and that was a tough net presence with big bodies in the way. The team never replaced players like Byfuglien and Ladd. So while they were taking all those shots on Smith, there was traffic in front of the net. I don’t think Q used his team adequately enough that is to say he didn’t change his philosophy.

    To be fair though, not one of the off season acquisitions panned out. Not Montador, Carcillo or O’Donnell. They had to wait to get Oduya and whatever that other guy’s name was from Calgary. Going into the season they thought they had plugged some of those holes from the previous year then, during the 9 game trip, the damn started leaking. Crawford wasn’t terrible but he wasn’t great and that is what it takes to win a cup. Congrats to Phoenix and good luck going forward.

    If anyone spots Kane and Sharp somewhere please call the Chicago Police Department they’ve been missing since October.

    • balewsquare - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      I agree that the Hawks still need to replace the styles of those they lost. With that out there, I must put down the crowd that criticizes Bowman for not keeping Buff, Ladd, Niemi, etc. Seriously? He didn’t get rid of them because they were bad, he couldn’t afford them. Not going to Capgeek now cause I’m lazy, but if I’m not mistaken, Buff is making over 5mill/yr, Ladd is over 4mill/yr, Niemi is less but it’s over 3mill/yr. CHI doesn’t have 12mill in cap. There were rumors Sharp would have to go after 2010, so I think the fact that A) They won the cup and B) They are still a playoff team means they came out alright.

  8. dkhhuey - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Mike Smith was just better than anything Chicago could bring to the rink – enough said!!!

  9. sfeadmin - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    What a horrible article! At no point does the author even mention who the Blackhawks lost against… as if the Coyotes don’t exist! For shame!

  10. johnnyru131 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Yes Dale brought in some of the guys but he’s also the reason the Hawks had to get rid of some of the guys exhaust of bad contracts and not checkin the box on Versteeg and Niemi which made them restricted FA’s a year earlier than when they were suppose to go on that list. Tallon made some bad contracts mistakes which made the hawks blow up the team. I’m not happy with Bowman though, he did nothing to help the team. He’s on the hot seat this year.

  11. arysoh - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Blaming coach Q for Crawford? That’s ridiculous. Look at the shot count, attack time and the heart they played with. This is playoff hockey and they came across the hottest goaltender in the league and had a luke warm one in net. Chicago is a far better team 19 players deep but come play offs that 20th guy is the difference maker. Without Mike Smith they’re a worse team than the isles.
    Losing Hossa was huge, they’re an offensive team.
    That game 6 interference call on Toews was ludicrous.
    That 5 minute major w intent to injure was mind boggling. Rosival did nothing to protect himself.
    Officiating has been terrible throughout the NHL these playoffs.
    Nashville vs Phoenix, two great markets, I’d rather watch the Flyers have one huge sword fight.

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