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Goalless Toews: adversity ‘something you have to face come playoff time’

May 23, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

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Much has been made of Jonathan Toews‘ scoring slump this postseason — eight games, zero goals.

But as far as he’s concerned, it’s all part of the playoff process.

“This seems to be the first time we’re running into some tough adversity. There’s nothing wrong with that,” Toews told the Chicago Tribune. “That’s something you have to face come playoff time.

“You don’t win a Stanley Cup without going through something like that.”

It must be said that Chicago’s scoring issues aren’t just limited to Toews at the moment.

The Blackhawks have two goals in their last 120 minutes of play and have failed to score on their last seven power play opportunities. Brandon Saad and Viktor Stalberg are also scoreless this postseason, and they combined for 19 during the regular season.

But it’s Toews who’s receiving the most attention for his lack of output.

And to be fair, this isn’t just about the ’13 playoffs.

Since flat-out dominating the 2009-10 postseason — 29 points in 22 games en route to winning the Conn Smythe — Captain Serious has been relatively quiet, scoring just 10 points (three goals) in 21 playoff games.

That said, Toews sees better days ahead.

“It’s a long ways from over,” he explained. “We’re going to focus on [Game 4]. We’re a confident, happy group right now and we’re excited to play.”

  1. dearyxd - May 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    “Captain Serious”


  2. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    ‘something you have to face come playoff time’ Not Yzerman is forgetting the overcoming adversity part. Anyone can face it, the idea is overcoming it. And not providing warm-ups for Howard might be a good idea.

  3. shwoogy1 - May 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Ty- You are right on the money. The Hawks need to come out swinging right off the bat. I have seen a lot of bad passing and also a lot of guys taking too long to shoot the puck. Just hurry up and get the puck on net so you can get rebounds. They keep passing around the zone too much. Also they are getting their asses beat in their own zone. Need to get the puck out of there much faster.

  4. letsgopens8771 - May 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I was eating cereal for breakfast this morning, and I went to get the milk carton from the fridge. I looked on the side of it and oddly enough, I saw a picture of Jonathan Toews on it saying that he’d been missing. Last time I looked at my milk carton, James Neal was on the side of it, now he’s gone.

    If Neal could get over his slump, then Toews can too. If the Hawks have any hope on winning this series, Toews need to produce. Superstars usually respond to pressure unless their last name is Sedin. I have faith in Toews.

  5. r8rbhawk - May 23, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Tazer scores tonight.

    • r8rbhawk - May 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      I guess I meant to say Tazer takes 3 penalties in the second period

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