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Toews: Hawks ‘can’t be satisfied with that effort’ in OT loss

May 6, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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After losing for the first time in their Western Conference quarterfinal, the Blackhawks know they need to be better.

Nobody knows it more than their captain, apparently.

Jonathan Toews took the team to task following Sunday’s Game 3 overtime loss to the Wild — in which Chicago was out-hit, out-shot and generally outplayed.

“We let them do their thing through the second and midway through the third, too,” Toews told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It wasn’t until late in the game that we started playing well and getting back to pursuing pucks and play on offense.

”We can’t be satisfied with that effort.”

Minnesota recorded 34 hits to Chicago’s 13 — granted, there might’ve been some “home cookin’” at play with the Xcel Energy Center’s in-house statistician — and out-shot the ‘Hawks 37-27.

In all, it was the Wild’s most impressive performance of the series.

Even though Minnesota also took Chicago to OT in Game 1, that performance didn’t have the same kind of feel to it. The Wild were outshot by 10 and were out-hit 40-36 in the series opener, and blocked 21 shots to Chicago’s 10 — suggesting the ‘Hawks had a majority of the possession throughout.

That wasn’t the case in Game 3.

Toews realized Chicago didn’t respond well to Minnesota’s best effort of the series, but vowed to improve on that for Game 4.

“We probably didn’t play as well as we should have under that pressure. We’ve got to understand this is what it is. We’ve got to play a smarter road game and understand that teams like that are going to try and overwhelm you.

“We’ve got to come back with more. We didn’t respond enough.”

  1. comeonnowguys - May 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Outhit, outshot, and still only lost in overtime. Five games.

    • tgman95 - May 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Why so sure? You realize the hawks were literally a single mm away from loosing game 1 (zucker’s crossbar shot)… Seems like your godly hawks are having a little more resistance than planned…

      • comeonnowguys - May 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Really? We’re counting “almosts” now?

    • 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Don’t underestimate the Wild. They’re putting up a much better fight than most people counted on. The Hawks are still in control of this series, but the Wild are doing anything but go away quietly.

      • comeonnowguys - May 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Actually, I went in thinking it was going to be six or seven games, as this is one of the two types of teams that give the Blackhawks fits. It’s been only after the games have been played that my super-expert opinion has been altered.

      • 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Out of curiosity, what’s the other type?

      • comeonnowguys - May 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Whoops. Reply fail. Teams as fast or faster than they are.

  2. comeonnowguys - May 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Teams as fast as they are.

  3. hammerhead5573 - May 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comeonnowguys. I’m with ya. I think it’s over in 5. With that said I would not at all be surprised if it goes longer. The wild have to play the way they did in game 4, for the rest of the series and I don’t believe they can. The hawks have to play better than game 4 which is certain they can. Either way good series so far.

    • mb65dod - May 6, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      You meant in game 3… Game 4 is tomorrow.

  4. hammerhead5573 - May 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Thanks mb, I stand corrected.

  5. banky74 - May 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I expect the Hawks to win but I’m not counting the Wild out. I think even hardcore NHL fans forget how talented the Wild’s roster is. They’re a team (in my opinion) that really hasn’t learned to play together yet because of all the roster changes the last two seasons. At some point they’ll finally put it together and be an elite team. Will it happen during this series? Probably not but strange things happen in the playoffs.

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