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‘Monster game’ from Toews has Chicago sipping from Stanley

Jun 25, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

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Following one of the most improbable comebacks ever, coaches and teammates couldn’t say enough about Jonathan Toews.

The Chicago captain — who was knocked out of Game 5 after taking a series of hits — proved to be a major catalyst in Monday’s stunning 3-2 win over the Bruins, scoring the opening goal and assisting on the second as the ‘Hawks won their second Stanley Cup in the last four seasons.

“Monster game,” was how head coach Joel Quenneville described the performance. “The bigger the game, the bigger the setting, you know what you’re going to get from Jonathan Toews.

“He just knows how to play hockey.”

Patrick Kane — named the Conn Smythe winner as MVP of the playoffs — deferred to Captain Serious as the engine that runs the Blackhawks machine.

“He’s a great player,” Kane said. “He’s played big in a lot of big games. He won the Conn Smythe our last Playoffs and was awesome in that Olympic gold medal game and made some big plays tonight, a big goal, a big pass to Bickell to tie it up, and he’s just a competitor.

“That’s really all you can say about Jonathan Toews is he’s a competitor, and he leads the team in the right way, and we all follow.”

That Toews was even able to play in Game 6 is something in itself. Quenneville told reporters following the game his captain had his “bell rung” in Game 5, presumably on this hit from Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk:

Toews shook off whatever was ailing him, though, to put forth another signature Stanley Cup effort.

“Whether he’s productive or not, he absorbs a lot of their big minutes from their matchup guys and he never gets outscored,” Quenneville said. “He plays the way you want a hockey player to play.”

  1. ironmd778 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Merry Christmas, Chicago. The Bruins gift wrapped the series and Cup for you.

    • cfos00 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      No need to degrade both teams like that after a hard fought and very even series. The Hawks won, but the Bruins didn’t hand anything over. Great series from both teams. Proud of my Hawks, and wouldn’t have felt we lost to a lesser team had the shoe been on the other foot. You just got to see some well plays and even hockey on one of the biggest stages imaginable. Be happy for it.

    • hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:18 AM

      Ha!
      Boston sucks
      eat it east coast bias!

  2. slysipops - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    couldn’t have happened to a more deserving player! the BRUIN headhunters did their best to get him out of the series by whatever means it took……but he wouldn’t go down ! the zebras must have had theirs heads up their butts to miss so much! GREAT JOB CAPTAIN SERIOUS !!

  3. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    BEST player in the NHL

  4. sportsfanjay - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    We live in Colorado but I am originally from the Chicago area. I was lucky enough to take my son to see the Hawks beat the Avs in Colorado this spring. I have properly brainwashed him and am glad to say he’ll be a Blackhawk fan for life!

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