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Jonathan Toews’ frustrations boil over in Game 4

May 23, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

Jonathan Toews‘ lost his cool in a big way in Game 4 of the Chicago Blackhawks’ eventual 2-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

It’s bad enough that the much-touted captain remains without a goal in nine postseason games after racking up 23 in the abbreviated 2013 season, but his anger hurt his team, as he took three consecutive penalties in the second period. One of those power plays ended up dooming his punch-less squad.

Here’s how the stream of penalties read in the box score:

Toews, two minutes (hooking) – 5:20 into the second period
Toews, two minutes (high-sticking) – 8:04 into the second period
Toews, two minutes (high-sticking) – 10:54 into the second period

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Jakub Kindl scored the game-winner at the tail-end of Toews’ second penalty, turning the knife a little deeper.

Still, it likely all stems from the 25-year-old’s lack of scoring. Despite firing 31 shots on goal, he still remains without his first tally of the 2013 postseason. He’s not racking up assists, either, as he has just three overall and one in this second-round series against Detroit.

His team isn’t scoring as a whole, but pundits often target a team’s most prominent player when things go wrong. Maybe that – and Detroit’s tight checking – explains why Toews is seething.

  1. 19to77 - May 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    It’s a bad sign when supposedly the most composed guy on the roster is losing his sh*t. Telling sign that Seabrook had to go over to him in the box and try to calm him down and set his head straight. The Wings are in his head and it’s really working.

  2. joeandcambria - May 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I used to really like Toews, and that’s coming from a Wings fan. But seeing him act like this, whine about every single call and no call, taking penalties like his, it’s just embarrassing, especially coming from your captain.

  3. chanceoffleury1 - May 24, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Really disappointing to see this coming from him. Especially with the Messier nomination and praise he’s gotten for his leadership this year. Not a good look for him or Chicago.

  4. benrob99 - May 24, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    The only thing worse for a captain would be just flat out saying your team probably can’t come back and win the series.

    Oh yeah.

  5. iammrbinky - May 24, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    This is why Pronger was never a good C in St Louis. Took to many stupid penalties in crucial spots of games. Toews better shake this quick or he’ll have a lot to think about in his off season which may very well start Sat night.

  6. groleo45 - May 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Totally unsurprising to see this guy taking those penalties. The commentary after the games from Toews has gotten increasingly desperate and unaccountable. This is why the Wings strategy of naming the calming veteran leader as C (ie. Lidstrom, Yzerman, Hank) has been so succesful. When your team leader is your young emotional gun, how are you going to respond to adversity? We’re certainly finding out w/ Toews.

  7. valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    The Hawks are nothing but a bunch of young punks and are now acting like spoiled brats.

  8. shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I took the media’s word about Toews. Leader this, mature that. But every time I watched him under pressure he looked about to snap, but didn’t. Though it definitely got to him. I figured hey, maybe I don’t watch enough.

    Nope, I think this is just a typically spoiled arrogant 25 year old kid losing his mind while true leaders keep their cool on the other team.

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