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Quenneville is hopeful Toews (upper-body) can play in Game 6

Jun 22, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville was predictably vague but seemingly optimistic about Jonathan Toews‘ chances of playing in Game 6 after suffering an injury in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Quenneville describes the 25-year-old’s injury as an upper-body issue but wouldn’t answer a question about it possibly being a concussion. That’s certainly worth noting since Toews admitted to suffering from – and playing through – concussion symptoms in the 2011-12 season.

He’s “hopeful” that Toews can suit up for Monday’s Game 6, stating that his presence on the bench was probably a good sign.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Quenneville said.

Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk delivered what was likely the hit that injured Toews. The 29-year-old believes this was a legal check:

Here’s Boychuk’s take, via Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times:

“I came across and read it and hit him,” Boychuk said. “I tried to hit him clean and I thought it was.”

It’s unclear if that hit is the sole culprit for Toews’ condition, as Quenneville said that he wasn’t sure if Boychuk’s hit did it.

“I don’t think it was a defining blow,” Quenneville said. “I’m not sure exactly [about] the incident.”

  1. sportsfan111 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Johnny Boychuk should clearly be suspended for Game 6 for his hit on Jonathon Toews due to violation of Rule 48.1—Rule 48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted. The video of the check to Toews’ head, as shown above, is irrefutable.

    • ajeroski - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Agreed. Look at all the hits that have been shown that occur after the whistle of Boston swinging sticks and throwing puches to the face and head. granted, this is hockey and a rough sport but some of this crap has to stop before someone really is injured. Shannahan is totally inconsistent with his rulings and needs to grow a pair. The hit on Toews was a penalty as well as the trip with 30 seconds left to play. It’s the way things go in the playoffs and they were supposed to clean up some of the dirty play in the NHL. (Not in our lifetime)!

  2. wpm32013 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    the announcers should be fired for their asinine comments about a clean hit. It was an intentional shot to the head. The Bruins cannot skate with the Hawks so they have to rely on the goon play and this terrible refs and the NHL are allowing it. Be careful NHL or you will wind up with an NBA caliber league. I gave up on college and pro b-ball years ago because of the indifference to the rules of the game. The NBA refs stopped game 6 the other night to check replay after the ref had CLEARLY signaled Allen’s attempt was a 3. popovich was livid because HE KNEW the Spurs were out of time-outs and wanted to in bound the ball and run down court forcing the Heat to foul. Then Parker shoots and the KING? fouled him and wasn’t called. That was for the championship!!! How long are you going to let these goon Bruins ruin the STANLEY CUP FINALS? THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!!!!!

    • dkelley1186 - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      you sir, are an idiot

  3. titansbro - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Principle point of contact was the shoulder. Clear as day.

  4. titansbro - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Watched it again. I’m not even sure he ever touched his head. Clearly the principle point of contact is the shoulder. What are you guys looking at?

  5. detroitcityy - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Kid got laid out going through the middle with his head down, clean it learn from your mistake

  6. spitfisher - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Clean hit, lets move on people. Its unfortunate a player got hurt, given where he was with the puck he has to expect to be contacted.

  7. mnhockeydad - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    When I saw it during the game I thought it was a clean hit.

    Watching the replay his hands glanced off his shoulder and hit him principally in the head.

    The problem I have is he could simply have played the puck with his stick on the ice and in the process hit him hard shoulder to shoulder separating him from the puck either way.

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