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Toews wants more from himself, Hawks’ stars, tonight

May 7, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

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After losing Game 3 on Sunday, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told his teammates that they “can’t be satisfied with that effort.”

As they get ready for tonight’s contest against the Minnesota Wild (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN), Toews put the pressure more specifically on the team’s top players.

“Your best players have to be your best players. Those guys have to be better, and first and foremost that includes myself when I say that,” Toews said. He added, “Guys like myself have to step up and be better. They’re playing well, they’re playing strong defensively. But we have to find a way around that.”

Toews hasn’t recorded a point in this series, due in part to Norris Trophy nominee Ryan Suter‘s efforts.

“We’ve been fortunate to contain them but the series isn’t over. They’re good players; good players find ways to get points,” Suter said. “I’m trying to take away as much time and space.”

Suter has been averaging an unreal 32:42 minutes per game, so Toews and the Blackhawks are going to have to find ways to deal with him. At the same time, Chicago is still in a great position with a 2-1 series lead.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Suter will be a distant memory while Toews the best captain in hockey will be playing in the finals !

  2. blackhawksdynasty - May 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Sorry Captain Serious, but as they say….talk is cheap.

  3. jgreen1516 - May 7, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Pretty sure that is For REAL ice time for suter. Quit acting so surprised… the guys the best d-man in league…hands down!

  4. thehighcountrybear - May 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    What template for a boring rallying cry did Toews find that nonsense in? Talk about dull…

    The troops were so fired, so inspired, so moved, they all grabbed newspapers, headed to the john for a quiet read, then continued to be moved!

    Ohhhh, that feels good…

    • chicagobtech - May 8, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      When one leads through actions more than through words, those times when words are uttered even the simplest ones carry weight.

  5. girouxed - May 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Just focus.. they have what it takes to go all the way.

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