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Chicago captain Toews: ‘What’s there to be down about?’

May 24, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

Jonathan Toews, Mark Wheeler

Jonathan Toews channeled his inner Alfred E. Neuman on Friday.

The ‘Hawks captain — when asked if the mood of his team was down following Thursday’s 2-0 loss to Detroit, putting Chicago in a 3-1 series deficit — replied as though everything was fine.

“What’s there to be down about?” he told the Chicago Tribune. “Dwelling on that and feeling sorry for ourselves isn’t going to do anything.”

Well, if there were some things to be down about, they might be:

— The Game 4 shutout was the first time Chicago had been blanked all season.

— The Game 4 loss was Chicago’s third in a row, the first time that’s happened all season.

— Chicago has scored two goals in its last 180 minutes of hockey.

— Toews is goalless through nine postseason games, as is Brandon Saad and Viktor Stalberg.

— Combined, those three scored 42 goals during the regular season.

— The Blackhawks are facing elimination and could fail to advance past the second round for the third straight year.

Fair or not, most of this is falling on Toews’ shoulders. (Of note, Captain Serious had to be talked down by Brent Seabrook after taking his third penalty of the second period last night.)

He’s the captain — and a good one at that — but, for what feels like the first time in his career, he’s getting heat from the Chicago fans and media.

As Brough wrote earlier:

Toews’ struggles are reminiscent of last year’s playoffs when Sidney Crosby lost his cool against the Flyers and the favored Penguins were eliminated in the first round.

Both players are young, Canadian captains with Stanley Cup rings and reputations for coming up big when it counts, whether representing club or country.

Of course, they’re also human.

To his credit, Toews continues to face adversity as best he can, trying to stay positive in what has to be one of the worst slumps of his career.

”As hard as we’re working, something’s got to go our way,” he explained. ”We’ve got to be positive.”

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    That’s getting heat from the hockey media? Maybe in Chicago…

    I can’t think of a better captain than this guy. Leads vocally and by being the best player on the ice at just about any given time. Slumps happen and you can’t have a more positive attitude about it than he shows with that commet.

    Oh, and he had that shoot-out hat trick against the USA in the WJC. Forever endeared himself to Canadian fans with that one.

    • valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      You can’t think of a better captain than Toews how about the captain he is playing against. Last night’s game Toews was after the whistle grabbing,slashing,hacking and mouthing at Zetterberg and Zee just looked at him like he was a mad dog or WTF are you doing and skated away. The Hawks are still punks that need to grow up and the Wings are still the classiest organization in all of pro sport.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Hard to argue with the fact that nobody outclasses the Wings.

  2. jburrell4 - May 24, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Can’t think of a better captain? He’s currently playing head to head against a better one…

    • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      /thread over

      winner: jburrell4

  3. wingsdjy - May 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    In all fairness, is there any fan who wouldn’t want this guy on his team? He’s having a rough series and letting his emotions get the best of him. It happens.

    • paperkid96 - May 25, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      Toews is a fine Captain when he acts like Toews. He is Pathetic when he acts like Kane.

  4. lionsdraftguy - May 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Id like Toews on my team, even though I cant stand the Hawks. Hes clearly a great player, just in a slump right now.

    Gotta agree though that Zetterberg is the real definition of a captain. Hes all class and a pretty darn good player too!

    • bramac43 - May 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Pretty bad time for a slump and especially for a captain of a 1 seeded team. I’d rather have a clutch playoff player than a clutch regular season player any day.

  5. micklethepickle - May 24, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    If the Hawks lose this series, is it the second biggest upset in recent memory? I don’t think anything can top the Pens’ epic collapse in the 1st round last year, but Chicago was so heavily favored and Detroit barely made the playoffs…

    • bramac43 - May 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      2006.. Edmonton upset 1 seeded Detroit, who had one hell of a year.. I was pretty devastated

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        Hmm recent memory? That’s broad, but the Ducks beating the Wings (Giguere waving ‘no goal’ is indelible) stands out in my mind.

    • mizbinboston - May 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      1996. Sharks over Wings. Ozzie’s horrifying clearing pass straight to Jamie #$%^&* Baker in Game 7. That goal still gives me nightmares.

      I was a little kid at the time but still remember the Wings had to put Ozzie (a rookie) in because Bob “The Seive” Essensa was so terrible. Also remember the crowd at the Joe chant “Seive! Seive! Seive!” at our own goalie. Yeesh.

  6. bigoldorcafromvan - May 24, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Zetterburg is a better captain, and yes I would like Toews on the team I cheer for. But I hope the Wings take down the Hawks on Saturday Night in Chitown.

  7. mikemj - May 25, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Zetterburg probably is a better captain than Toews at this point in they’re careers and Toews clearly is having a poor post season but to suggest that Toews is not a clutch player is ridiculous. This is a guy who has won the Con Smythe trophy and MVP of the Olympics–sheesh.

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