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Blackhawks are ‘optimistic’ Toews might suit up for Game 6

Jun 23, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

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While the Boston Bruins amuse people on Twitter with their mysterious “body injury” update regarding Patrice Bergeron, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville delights many by indicating that Jonathan Toews could play in Game 6 on Monday.

“Johnny is doing much better today. He’s progressed,” Quenneville said. “We’re optimistic that he might be playing tomorrow night.”

Still, Quenneville indicates that it might come down to checking the 25-year-old’s status in the morning (or possibly even during warm-ups).

“We’ll visit in the morning, and he seemed fine,” Quenneville said. “So nothing has changed. Nothing is different. We’ll keep an eye on him, and we’ll go from there.”

If the possibility of Toews playing in a potential Cup-clinching contest isn’t enough to make Chicago fans smile, Quenneville said he also expects banged-up winger Marian Hossa to play, noting that he’s starting to feel better.

  1. ronocca - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    A hard body check doesn’t take a player out of the Stanley Cup. What Toews got was a viscious neck shot.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      True, it was an obvious and intentional hit to the head & neck. The Bruins homers would like you to think he hit him on the shoulder. That’s ok, we all know the Boston faithful are a little slow on the uptake and step behind, just like Chara. The video makes it obvious and the league’s lack of response also makes it obvious they want Boston to continue. The fact that the league had a chance and decided to look the other way, also makes it obvious the NHL is not serious about taking dangerous head shots out of the game. The NHL will be next with a bunch of former players filing suit, just as a bunch of former NFL players are doing. Shanahan is in over his head and the league made a mistake putting him in that role. I would say Bettman is in over his head, but everything is over that midget’s head.

    • iwillfindyou - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      It was quite obvious the Bruins were head hunting that entire game because they were getting their asses handed to them.

  2. titansbro - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Vicious shoulder shot. But keep telling yourself that.

    • jrhawk - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      And you keep watching with blinders on. Pitiful.

  3. ironmd778 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Hope he’s OK but not until the end of the week. Please miss Games 6 and 7.

    • alexbaymac - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      I hope both Tazer & Berg are OK. Let’s see a Hawks win with everyone playing!

  4. florida727 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I wouldn’t be upset of both Toews and Hossa sat out until Game 7 (if necessary). The extra couple days rest might be all they need to be as close to 100% as possible. I’m a Hawks fan, so I hope Bergeron does play and is 100%. You always want to win facing the opponent at their best. Been a great series so far and it’s a long way from over. Wish it was best of 13 instead of best of 7 though :)

  5. h8rgnh8 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    The hit was nasty one.

    Concussions are no joke. Captain Serious will play tonight, if he doesn’t it will be Coach Q’s decision to hold him out.

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