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Toews: ‘Hawks didn’t make Bruins earn Game 2 win

Jun 16, 2013, 12:34 AM EDT

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In eight career Stanley Cup Final games, Jonathan Toews has zero goals. He also only has one goal in 19 contests during the 2013 postseason.

Those are the kind of numbers that will encourage pundits to throw around terms like “gripping the stick too tight.”

While the advanced stats imply that the Chicago Blackhawks captain is putting up a commendable effort, facing the Boston Bruins through two pointless games must be getting on his nerves. He provided a bigger picture take on his team’s frustration after a 2-1 OT loss in Game 2, as the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc reports.

“We just kind of let them play their way and we didn’t make them earn it,” Toews said. “That’s a little disappointing.”

The 25-year-old’s thoughts seemed to ape those of head coach Joel Quenneville, who felt that the Blackhawks played into the Bruins’ hands after a strong opening period.

Whether you attribute his struggles to bad bounces or a deeper problem, the critiques are only going to get louder if Toews doesn’t start scoring.

To be fair, he wasn’t the only one, especially in overtime. Brent Seabrook‘s sentiment to CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers was likely shared by the rest of the locker room.

“I don’t think we played well enough to win that one in overtime at all,” Seabrook said.

Toews and his team need to get back on track as the series shifts to Boston.

  1. bakedbees - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    What a tool you are O’Brien

  2. itsallniceonice - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Sure didn’t because they just aren’t as good. Sorry. I’d say Bruins in 5 but Hossa is good for one.

  3. ryanw822 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Blackhawks didnt deserve to win Game 1 with all their “Plinko” goals but those are the breaks. Deal with it.

    • jrhawk - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      World-class whiner here.
      Your team was up 3-1 yet couldn’t stop the Hawks’ comeback.
      Hawks didn’t deserve to win? Get off the juice.

      • lordstanley65 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Juice is good! And good for you.

  4. slysipops - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    simple solution: GET YOUR HEADS OUT YOUR BUTTS AND PLAY TO YOUR PAYGRADES ! when the HAWKS swarmed the B’S zone and got them running around things went well then came another powerless play and POOOF! time for the STAR players to decide if they want it enough ? also time for someone ( a coach maybe ?? ) to kick KANE IN THE REAR and tell him the game is played all over the ice ! NO GUTS ………….NO GLORY !

  5. sabatimus - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    By periods, Toews is very wrong about the first, mostly wrong about the 2nd, somewhat wrong about the 3rd, and totally right about the OT. The B’s owned that OT, and Rask is most of the reason they got that far.

    • polegojim - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      Bruins outplayed the Hawks TERRIBLY in OT… and deserved the win, earned the win… however we want to say it.

      The Hawks looked lost and struggling in OT.

      Great series though… close and tight.

  6. arbruins - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Great series, O’Brien is a tool!

  7. titansbro - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Well the hawks didn’t “earn” game 1 so call it even.

    • jrhawk - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Another bonehead heard from.
      Bouncing back from a 3-1 deficit and you say they didn’t earn it???
      Pull your head outta your ass!

      • lordstanley65 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        You said that already.

      • infectorman - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        ????????

  8. stoopidfool - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Crosby light

  9. infectorman - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Game 1: Hawks =. 2 pure “pull a horseshoe out your rear end” goals + 2 beauties.
    Bruins =. 3 Beauties and zero Hockey God gifts
    Hawks get game by 2 pure Luck goals. Those r the breaks and the bounces

    Luck ran out after 1st period of game 2 and Boston DOMINATED OT.

    FACT!

  10. kaptaanamerica - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    J Toes never gives any credit to the other team. everything the hawks get they ‘earn’. everything the other team gets the hawks ‘give’ them. the other team never ‘earns’ anything as far as he’s concerned.

    The guy is such a suck and poor sport when he loses. Him and Crosby are two reasons I don’t want to cheer for team Canada in 2014.

    • smurthe - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      You know he’s on the Blackhawks, right? Of course he talks about his team like that, all he’s concerned with is how his team plays and how to improve on that, like ANY player on ANY team. Sure there’s polite formalities, “oh the B’s looked solid out there tonight” and that bs but come on, ragging on a guy for talking about his team in terms of how they won or lost? That’s how you think about playing a sport, you can watch tapes of the other team all you want, but if you don’t put that in terms of useful information; if you just look at it and say ‘well hey, looks like they’re pretty good,’ you aren’t getting anywhere. Toews gives credit to his team because the Blackhawks are the only team the Blackhawks have control over.

      • infectorman - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:28 AM

        so tipping your cap to the other team is all of the sudden wrong.
        Even though throughout every sport there are high integrity guys that do it after each and every game. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, even rookies like Russell Wilson
        Its called maturity. Teows has a lot to learn

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