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Toews hears it from Chicago media

May 24, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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Jonathan Toews, the prototypical captain and 2013 finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, needs to pull himself together and rescue the Chicago Blackhawks from a 3-1 series deficit.

That’s the underlying message in a pair of articles in Chicago newspapers after Toews — who still hasn’t scored a goal in the playoffs — took three penalties in the second period of last night’s 2-0 loss to the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

From Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune:

Jonathan Toews lost it.

The Blackhawks captain lost his composure. Lost a period. Maybe lost a playoff series and a season.

It was costly and embarrassing, and those two points are more than Toews has in this series against Detroit.

And here’s Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times:

It was almost unimaginable that a player normally so calm and collected could leave such a huge crater on the ice.

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.

“Emotions run high in some of these games, and my stick got a little loose there,” Toews said. “I was playing hard. Sometimes that happens.”

Game 5 of the series goes Saturday in Chicago.

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  1. adambballn - May 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I’m a huge Toews fan… I wear his jersey every game day but he totally lost his s**t yesterday and possibly cost his team a very crucial game. They need to win at home on Saturday and hope they can steal game 6 in Detroit to force a 7.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      I thought he played with 17 other guys who could score

      • polegojim - May 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        Amen… the loss was not on Toews.

  2. robwallace44 - May 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    He is struggling with the way Detroit is defending him, but a brother needs some help. He is battling. The 2 games I have been able to watch I had to force myself to find Hossa & Kane to make sure they were dressed.

  3. eastcoastcynic - May 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    It can’t all be on Toews. The Blackhawks need secondary scoring. Hello Hossa, hello Kane, how about hello Frolik or Krueger, Carcillo? You can’t win the Stanley Cup without many of your forwards and even a few defensemen jumping into the play to score goals. Where’s Seabrook, Keith, Oduya??? If the Blackhawks got the scoring from all over, Toews probably would not be pressing and whiffing the way he has been. e.g., see the Penguins.

    • jpelle82 - May 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      good point. example: james neal has been struggling to score and people questioned if he was still hurt. a big win the other night from everyone and he gets 2 goals and he gets the monkey off his back. hawks arent scoring period, not just toews.

      • eastcoastcynic - May 24, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        That’s the Pens: It’s not the Sidney Crosby show; everybody gets into the scoring act–not only the so-called stars, but guys like Kennedy, Dupuis, Kunitz, Martin, which in turn opens up the opportunities for Crosby. One guy can afford a monkey if everybody contributes.

        Nothing from zillion dollar baby for 15-20 years Hossa.

  4. jpelle82 - May 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    i dont get what Rosenbloom is talking about when he says “and those two points”. its not the regular season where they track points for wins and overtime losses. the wings didnt score 2 points in that period, in fact they had one goal until the empty netter at the end. what mystery 2 points is he talking about and how can he compare it to toews’ goal/assist production?

    bad language from what seems to be a guy who shouldnt be writing about hockey. sounds like he should stick to the bears and get off his toews vendetta, especially if he doesnt even know what he’s talking about.

    • bhunter47 - May 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      It was an attempt at being clever. The two points he was referring to are the two points he made:

      That it was 1). costly, and 2). embarrassing. Those are the “two points”.

      He was using a separate definition of points than what normally is used, and then trying to cleverly tie that into a hit on Toews’ point production.

      • wicky888 - May 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Lol thank you for explaining that to him. If he still doesn’t get it I can draw him a picture

  5. modellforprez - May 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    C’mon with all due respect to Toews and Chicago, Sid gripping up Fraud giroux and giving it to him was coming he was probably wishing it was one of their classy fans who i would love to pummell. cause it does get frustrating a team cannot beat you on skill alone so they start doing what they think will get you off your game. no doubt Duche Talbot was behind that and you what he is doing today and its not playing sticks and pucks. so there really is jo compaing detroit to philly especially in hockey.

  6. drewsylvania - May 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Chicago is choking. And sportswriters often act like douchebags. Only an idiot blames a series on one player.

    • stakex - May 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Actually Toews is getting off pretty easy. If Ovechkin played this bad in a series, there would be a mountain of “Its all his fault” stories and comments.

  7. hsnepsts - May 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    I think Detroit needs to expose Toews for what he really is

    • valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      I think they did that all series long.

  8. heynyc61 - May 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    He’s human and not a robot.. If u don’t want him, this ranger fan will take him for the blue shirts

  9. shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Toews is up for the Selke, yet Zetterberg shuts him down while Datsyuk shuts down Hossa.

    Toews is up for the (silly) Messier award for leadership. He loses it over nothing but Zetterberg gets jabbed, speared, cross checked and cheap shotted all over the ice. He grits his teeth and keeps playing his game, like a true leader.

    Quenneville is up for the Jack Adams. Mike Babcock once again outcoaches(to put it lightly) a coach of the year candidate.

    Perhaps we were too eager to toss this team into the role they seemed destined for. Toews isn’t a leader, he’s a kid. He just never had much reason to lose his **** until now. Quenneville is a terrible coach being carried by his team and maybe the Hawks in general just aren’t as great as we believe. I still believe their 2010 championship was the easier route to a title I’ve ever seen AINIC. They had no competition. Everyone but Philly laid down for them and quit, and Philly had that series in 5 or 6 if they had a real NHL goalie.

    O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D

    • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Easiest*

      We need an edit button.

    • eastcoastcynic - May 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      I wouldn’t for as far to say that Quenneville is terrible, but I suspect he’s not making his team accountable (or accountable enough) for not contributing enough scoring.

    • 19to77 - May 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Quenneville’s one of the most successful and consistent coaches in the NHL. He’s never been able to match Babcock in a playoff series and certainly isn’t on equal footing, but come on, Babcock is incredible. Hardly makes Q a “terrible coach.” Definite questions about accountability and responding to adversity, but that’s on the whole team, not just him.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        I’m not just talking about this series. I don’t forget things and I don’t just stare narrowly at what’s on the tip of my nose. Quenneville was a joke until 2010 when his team carried him to the easiest championship any team’s ever won. Suddenly he became a great coach. Not buying it. Overrated. Guy can’t line match, no one takes him seriously, he’s not a good coach at all. He blew it with STL when he had his chances, he blew it with Colorado and drove them into the ground along with the front office, both teams tuned him out, and it’s happening again.

        Lindy Ruff would cream himself over the prospect of coaching a team this good.

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. Just shut up.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        No, I very much do. You’re just upset I badmouthed your boys. Where am I wrong?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Anything you type is wrong

  10. kiopta1 - May 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Don’t Teows me bro!

  11. taylorgang24 - May 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Whoa Crosby had 8 points in that 6 game series. It was the defense and goal tending that cost them. Don’t put toews in the same conversation as Crosby. In fact don’t put anyone in the same conversation as Crosby.

    • stakex - May 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      I think you could have pulled someone random person out of the crowd and they would have had a few points in that series. There was no goaltending or defense…… at all, on either side.

  12. salmon90 - May 24, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I’ve posted this before and it’s still hilarious to see the posts on here defending Toews. There’s such a double standard with this guy. He gets so much credit for being so clutch and such a leader but when things don’t go well it’s the team to blame – not him! Fact of the matter is this playoff run is not an anomaly – he’s struggled in the playoffs ever since the Stanley Cup win in 2010. 3 goals in his last 28 playoff games. And those who want to point out his defensive game you may also notice he’s a minus player during that time. His team is on the verge of losing in the first round for the third consecutive time. This is a player who has been labelled one of the best in the game. What’s he got to do to be considered a playoff choker!

    • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Exactly right. This is what happens when we WANT to anoint a player, instead of just letting it happen naturally. We do it too hastily and we overlook the flaws.

    • valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Um, we’re in the second round now.

    • jaybaileys - May 24, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      You realize this is the 2nd round.

  13. gramkind - May 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    hmmm awesome regular season, gift in the first round, trouble first real team and the stars disappear… sounds like Vancouver version 2. Toews Kane Hossa the Sedin sisters the triplet version? Is Bolland even playing?

    • valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Yea, where is Bolland, the guy has done nothing this series, he is almost invisible out there but then again he has lots of company in the done nothing department.

  14. girouxed - May 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I really hope Chicago chokes.. just cause im a bitter Flyers fan.

  15. indianhead1992 - May 24, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Coach Q has to go! Chicago loves coaches with moustaches for some reason, win one championship with a moustache and you are god in this city. He did a good job in 2010 but he possibly had the best team a coach could have. Our GM Bowman needs to go too, Tallon left him a dynasty and he has not put a stanley cup team on the ice. His biggest mistake was signing Hjarlmarsson over Niemi. Now we are stuck with a goalie that can keep you in games but not win them. Yes Howard had some luck with a few posts and help from the ref, but Howard makes those breaks happen for him. Toews is still a great Captain, people who talk trash about him you can’t take seriously in a hockey conversation. In one year he won the Con Smyte and Olympics MVP, how is that not clutch? He is still young and will have plenty of chances to win another cup.
    Coach Q and his staff need to be taken out, and bring Ruff or AV. I hate AV but he is a damn good coach. Oh yeah bye bye Bowman along with a real goaltender. Howard and Babbcock deserve a lot of credit if they don’t let this series go to 7.
    Go Hawks!

    • hockeyflow33 - May 24, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Am I missing something or wasn’t Chicago unstoppable for most of this year?

  16. khmerson562 - May 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Toew will be traded in the offseason. Hear it here first.

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