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Toews will play tonight: ‘I feel 100 percent’

Jun 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

The Blackhawks will have their captain in the lineup for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

On Monday, Jonathan Toews declared himself fit to return after missing the entire third period of Game 5, saying he felt “100 percent” following today’s morning skate.

Here’s more, from Chris Stevenson of the Toronto Sun:

According to Fox Sports, Toews said his removal from Game 5 stemmed from “a couple of hits” that worried Chicago’s coaches and trainers.

It’s likely one of them was this blast from Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk midway through the second period:

Toews does have a history of concussions, the latest of which sidelined him for 22 games last season.

  1. adambballn - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Great news!

  2. blomfeld - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM


    On behalf of all Western Conference brothers, I wish Jonathan and his colleagues all the very best in their battle tonight against the human ‘circus freaks’ from Boston …

    GO TOEWS !!! … GO BLACK HAWKS !!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  3. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Principle point of contact is intentionally in the head & neck and yet the NHL, who claims to be looking out for player safety, has nothing on this play. Of course, anyone with an hockey sense knows that’s just ridiculous, but the REALLY odd part are the Bruins homers trying to claim it was a hit on Toews shoulder, as if their isn’t OBVIOUS VIDEO EVIDENCE that he hit him in the head.

    If you agree, give me a thumbs up.

    If you’re Boston homer, posting from your mother’s basement, give me a thumbs down.

    • hockey412 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      There are a few teams in this league that get away with more than they should, because they push the issue ALL THE TIME. The refs simply can’t call every infraction. All the punches to the head for no reason, shots to the head or back, potential boarding plays, intentional sticks to the face throughout the entire playoffs, and especially this series, from Boston are no different. And after each and every play, no matter how ridiculous, someone from Boston claims it was clean. Video evidence won’t change it…hell a Boston player could admit to a dirty play and someone would claim it was clean.

      Was really hoping the league would step in on the Boston D-men, but at least they’re consistent. Glad to see Toews is back.

      • dt58 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Here is something for everyone to chew on. Look back at Shannys statement after that Torres/Stoll deal and I quote “Although we’d agree that Torres might have made initial contact with Stoll’s shoulder, that is a glancing blow,” he added. “In fact, the head is the principal point of contact.” Watch the Boychuck hit again. Even if he got Toews shoulder (debateable), where is the principle point of contact as Shanny has made it clear its not what gets hit first.

        Not a fan of Torres but I think that many will agree with me that we as fans (and I’m sure players and coaches as well) would like some consistency. If this is not a suspension then Gryba shouldn’t have got 2 games, he got body FIRST.

      • dt58 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        And before I get “repeat offender, dirty player, etc”, I’m not sticking up for Torres at all. This post is about Shannys statement

    • ironyisadeadscene - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      What if I’m a Boston homer but posting from my father’s basement? Is my vote just not as precious to you?

  4. reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Toes had better skate fast and turn quick corners to avoid having his head smushed again by those Guins.

  5. titansbro - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Watched this vid at least 10 times to make sure I’m not missing anything & it is beyond clear that the initial point if contact is the shoulder. No matter how many ways you try to say, the video is clear. This is not even an illegal hit, much less dirty. You’re making yourself look really stupid by continuing to say otherwise. I’m glad he’s playing tonight too, hopefully he really is 100%. But you cannot say that the shoulder wasn’t hit first. Unbelievable that Chi fans still won’t let this go. It’s a clean play dude. Just let it go.

    • dt58 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      What gets hit first is not the same as principle point of contact. Refer to Shannys statement on the Torres suspension.

    • dt58 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      And speaking of letting this go, how many posts are we still seeing about that non-call at the end of the game. Practise what you preach

  6. blackhawksdynasty - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Excellent news for the Hawks. I’m hoping Bergeron can play too. If Chicago is gonna hoist the Cup tonite, I want to see them beat the 2nd best team with both sides at full strength. I don’t want to have to read endless posts from Boston fans claiming they would have won if….blah blah blah.

    15 down…..1 to go.

    Let’s go boys!!!! Time to bring Lord Stanley back to HAWKEYTOWN!!!!

  7. sabatimus - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Guarantee that him being 100% is a lie. I doubt ANYBODY on either team is at 100%. But this is all part of the little game that players and coaches play with the media (Bergeron’s “body injury”, anyone?), and I have no problem with it at all.

  8. jhuck92 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Personally, I didn’t think the hit was that bad. The season is only more games at the most.
    -A not so concerned Blackhawks fan

    • reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      I hope you’re not my neurologist or “studying” to be a brain surgeon.

      • jhuck92 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        Nah. I watch too much hockey to be a brain surgeon, anyway.

  9. jhuck92 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    2 more*

  10. titansbro - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I haven’t complained about the noncall once actually. It wasn’t an egregious trip, could’ve gone either way. But even if they had called it, there was like 15 secs left at the most & the Bruins had nothing going on that play. Probably wouldn’t have helped them. But principle point if contact, as far as I understand it, means first or main point of contact. I think the shoulder took the brunt of the contact. It looks like he may have grazed his head but the head clearly wasn’t the target or the “principle” point of contact. Stop whining, Toews is 100%.

    • reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      The meanest, dirtiest team remaining will win the Cup …

  11. rosloe62 - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Hawkytown will hoist the Cup! Hockey fans got a series between the 2 best teams this year and 2 of the best hockey towns!

  12. slysipops - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    WELL, when i left for vacation the B fans had us ( HAWKS ) buried ????? is TOWES coming back from the butcher hits a coffin nail ??????? GO HAWKS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. slysipops - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    ANY OTHER HAWK fans sick of EDDIE “O” ( the HAWKS colorman) stick up for anything the B’s get away with and slamming the BLACKHAWKS ? hey ROCKY , maybe it’s time for a new guy with FOLEY ????

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