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Clash of captains: Toews unhappy with Brown’s rough stuff

Jun 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews got a bit of a rough introduction to Kings captain Dustin Brown late in Game 1.

Brown caught Toews with an elbow in the throat in the final minute of Chicago’s 2-1 Game 1 victory. While the hit appeared to just be a big one along the boards, there was a little something extra to it that Toews didn’t care for. He told reporters this morning that he expects that sort of thing from the Kings captain.

“We know that he’s going to be looking for stuff like that. Just got to be aware of it,” Toews said.

“I think they were maybe a little frustrated we were moving the puck around the outside without even two minutes left to go in the game, just trying to kill time on the power play. I kind of expect him to do something like that.”

The Kings getting rough with Brown leading the way is nothing new, but his way of doing it has gotten under other teams’ skin in the past. Just ask last year’s Coyotes about that.

How these two captains battle things out as this series goes along is going to be curious. Both let their play do the talking and Toews might not want to get roped into Brown’s extracurricular activities.

  1. murtdurt - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    I really like towes but he needs to quit whining after every game about teams being too rough on him. It’s not a good look for him. Man up, your 3 games away from the cup final!!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Let the guys do their thing. Enough with the same posts and rhetoric about the whining. I’m not sure who’s worse? The players or commenters?

    • bhawksrule - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      I don’t see one bit of “whining” in his statements. He’s acknowledging the fact that Brown is a dirty player and saying they have to be ready to expect dirty play from a dirty player. Facts aren’t whining.

    • magsjaxchas - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Exactly what part of his statement was whining?

  2. theagitator1691 - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Jonathan “Cry Baby” Toews is at it again! He complained about the officiating after the first game of round 2 and here he goes again. Maybe Seabrook can whipe his tears away again for him.

    • bhawksrule - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      I’m confused, what article did you read? I don’t see any complaining about officiating in this article.

    • dum0dum0alouwishes - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Yes. and maybe he can even “wipe” the tears too.

  3. northstarnic - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Brown is dirty. That’s all toews was saying. Doesn’t make him a whiner, just honest.

  4. 19to77 - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Unlike last series he’s not weeping about the refs and the calls. He took a dirty hit from a player known for them, and he’s observing the fact. It’s different. And I was one of the folks criticizing his maturity level and constant griping in the last round.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    @bhawksrule , what facts back that up? He’s a tough captain sending a message , since when is brown a dirty player

    • bhawksrule - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Umm, Throwing an elbow to the throat is a dirty play?,3,321&event=CHI642&cmpid=embed-share-video

      Did anyone read this article or did you just skip to the comments?

      • jprosk - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        What about Bollands hit on Richards?

      • billranford - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        Given the choice, would you rather be hit by my back or my elbow?

    • golfadx18 - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Brown deserves a one game suspension for the hit on Toews. Go back and objectively look at the video replay of the hit and its clear he leaves his feet and launches himself while throwing a forearm under Toews chin. That be the letter of the rule book is not and acceptable check. Hockey should be physical by its nature but there are proper ways to apply body checks that are effective and then there are dirty ways to go about checking. Brown’s was outside the lines of proper and he is skating on thin ice and risking suspension if he continues to play with said dirty tactics.

  6. jacketsfan7 - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    He’s had some history but he was just sending a message

  7. greenburrito - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    I think it’s funny that everyone thinks Brown is dirty. Brown plays hard and hits hard. People confuse physical play with dirty play. He has one suspension in his career and that was this year on a play where he had his back to the guy that got hit. Just because he hits your teams players and you don’t like him doesn’t make him a “dirty” player. You guys would be lining up to have him on your team.

    • 19to77 - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      I love how everyone on PHT universally agrees Shanahan’s wheel of justice picks favourites and lets captains and stars off with slaps to the wrist, but when their guys are accused of playing dirty, suddenly they appeal to how few times they’ve been suspended. As though that counts for anything when Shanahan’s name is worth less than mud.

  8. bigoldorcafromvan - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Its the conference finals Toews. In case you didn.t realize it the hitting gets harder from here on in. Look at Bolland.s hit on Richards, Sharp.s hit on Doughty and Seabrook.s hit on Carter. Its playoff hockey deal with it.

  9. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    This is what I don’t get you people on PHT will bash Crosby for complaining about but when Toews complains about something the article doesn’t get a lot of comments. It’s like people will let there hatred get the best of them.

    • 19to77 - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Not at all. Toews was taking stupid penalties throughout the Detroit series, having tantrums on the ice, then having the nerve to complain about call quality after the games. And he got ripped on these boards for it the same as Crosby did for whining about the calls last night. If Crosby draws more heat, it’s because he draws more attention in general. Toews isn’t touted as the best player in the world. Crosby is. Of course he gets talked about more.

    • jrhawk - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Get a grip, fanboy. Toews could complain steady for a week yet still not match the whining Crosby does.

  10. blackhawks2010 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Hit Brown in the throat and move on.

  11. detroitcityy - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Welcome to playoffs kid.. I hate captains that constantly complain you won the game stop talking negative and just talk about positive things for your team

  12. lovac2 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    It’s a misleading title. I read what he said and I can’t find the complaint. Can someone tell me where a complaint is?

  13. massivedick - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    P U S S Y

    • jrhawk - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Your nick pretty much explains it all.

  14. gatorjr - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Toews has been crybaby since he entered the league, he’s nothing but a puss. He shouldn’t play if he can’t stop crying whenever he gets pushed or hit.

    • jrhawk - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Sorry, but you’re obviously confusing Toews with Crosby.

  15. kingsfan93 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    When checking out the hit and hearing J. Toews talk about the “elbow in the throat.” J. Toews needs to realize that this is a man sport where there is physical play involved. So MAN UP TOEWS! At most it was an accident.

    What else Toews you to whine about? maybe reason why you don’t have a purse, yet?

    • jrhawk - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Oh, sure….coming from a Kings fan. What do you expect?

  16. 2qswing - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Captain Elbows strikes again

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