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Toews: Scoring drought won’t ‘get the best of me’

May 22, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates onto the ice during player introductions before taking on the Minnesota Wild in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 5-1 to win the series.
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The Chicago Blackhawks have been limited to just two goals over their last two games and whenever a team endures a slump like that, no one player is exclusively to blame — but any player could potentially step up and make the difference.

The Blackhawks are used to relying on captain Jonathan Toews in clutch situations, but so far he has no goals and three assists in eight postseason contests.

It’s not for lack of trying though. Toews managed seven shots on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard on Monday and was denied every time.

“I’m not going to let it get the best of me,” said Toews in a Toronto Sun report. “I know I’m doing some good things and helping my linemates get some chances and be smart defensively.

“I’m very confident it’s going to come. As a team, we’re facing a little adversity and so am I on a personal basis. It doesn’t stop me and it doesn’t stop us as a team.”

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock certainly isn’t counting on Toews’ struggles getting under his skin.

“He’s an Olympic champion, a Stanley Cup champion, a world junior champion,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I’ve coached him. He’s mentally tough.”

Toews will get another chance to end his slump on Thursday. Detroit has taken a 2-1 series lead so, for the first time this year, the pressure is on Chicago and Toews to win.

  1. rabidbillsfan - May 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Whats funny is that if you were to replace Toews with Ovechkin, you would have a terribly diffrent tune in this article. Only diffrence is Chicago is loaded and a slumping star won’t kill them. Not defending Ovi, but I do love how some players get the “treatment”.

    • jpelle82 - May 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      toews makes 6 mill a year – ovechkin makes 10 mill

    • jpelle82 - May 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      no one at any point though toews was the best player in the world

      • jpelle82 - May 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM


    • jpelle82 - May 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      toews has a cup and ovechkin doesnt. ovechkin is russian and runs his mouth, toews is canadian and doesnt. ovechkin is a one trick pony who is overpaid to score goals. toews is a point per game, two way player up for the selke this year, who can score from anywhere – not just the left circle on the powerplay.

      • clefty1 - May 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Toews has been whining to the refs or have you just decided to forget about that..

      • jpelle82 - May 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        hardly. he said after game 2 he would like to see the refs be more consistent with the clutchy grabby stuff. he didnt say the refs were out to get his team or wanted to make the series go to 7 games like ovechkin did.

      • comeonnowguys - May 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Context and critical thinking has no place on the internet, jpelle. Be gone!

    • tfaltin - May 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Toews affects the game in a number of ways all over the ice. He’s a Selke nominee. Ovechkin has one purpose on the ice. If you’re not versatile and you’re not succeeding at the one thing you’re paid to do, yes you will get criticized. Then there’s that whole history of winning thing.

  2. salmon90 - May 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Yes they’re paying Toews 6 mill to play like Jay McClement!

    Toews has been a media darling (for good reason) ever since he scored all those shootout goals in a row for the Canadian Jr’s. Followed up by his performance at the Olympics and his Stanley Cup win and it’s become sacrilege (at least here in Canada) to utter a bad phrase about Captain Serious. Only now, after consecutive playoff duds, is the Canadian media starting to see a pattern and change their tune a bit. Keep this up and soon he’ll be GASP a playoff ‘choker.’

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