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Toews after loss to Wild: ‘We know we want to be better than that’

Oct 27, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews wasn’t very pleased with his team after losing to the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Saturday night.

Toews told reporters following the game he knows his team is better than they’ve shown as Tracey Myers of shared.

“We know we want to be better than that,” Jonathan Toews said. “That’s two games in a row that we gave up five goals or more. It’s one thing that people are talking about us not scoring but sometimes you don’t need to score that many to win if you’re playing good defensively. We had breakdowns, we had turnovers inside our zone, we had miscommunications and some penalties that we shouldn’t have taken.”

The defensive breakdowns by the Blackhawks are something too new to the team. After showing last season during their Stanley Cup run, they’re more than capable of keeping opponents off the score sheet.

After dropping this game to the Wild and a firewagon hockey-like 6-5 overtime game to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Blackhawks have some things to figure out before they play the Wild again on Monday.

  1. joey4id - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    too many giveaways, rebounds and lazy plays led to 5 goals by the wild. nice to see JP bury a couple of goals.

  2. blackhawks2010 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Too many turnovers are costing us wins. We’ve dominated the zone and shots every game, however, sloppy play is our biggest issue. Also think it’s time to bring up Anti Raanta to be our #2.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      doesn’t help that Crawford is showing his true colors. I mean how many times was he out of position last night. Either too far deep in net, or came out at odd times.

      No doubt this Hawks team will compete again for the cup, but Crawford is a mess. Scary to think that Lundqvist and Miller are available (pending cap space)

      – Go Wild

  3. guitarhunterdude - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Coming from a Wild fan…meh. Hawks ran into a hot goalie, and Crawford had a bad night. Once that corrects itself, the Hawks will be fine. They dominated 5 on 5.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      they did not run into a hot goalie. Backstrom was coming off an injury and was his first game in two weeks, he just played well is all.

      Hawks did play very strong in 5 on 5 but lost 5 on 5 … so apples to apples. Wild took advantage of their scoring chances and Crawford is overrated (IMO).

      • guitarhunterdude - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Hot/had a good game, that’s what I meant. Crawford is a bit overrated (and was out of position a lot) but it’s quite rare for any team to capitalize on 20 percent of their shots, regardless of how bad the goalie is.

      • allday420ap - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        But the Wild were well overdue for a game where they have a high shooting %, all year we’ve failed to capitalize while outshooting and out-chancing opponents.

      • purplove1 - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        How do you “dominate” 5 on 5 and yet, lose. Your thought process is skewed.

  4. joeyg97 - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Crawford is way over rated. Hawks fans have to deal with him for another 6 years. Pretty stupid how they sign 40 year old khabibulin for 2 million but let carter Hutton walk to Nashville for 500k

    • endusersolutions2013 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Actually there are 4 goalie moves/non moves that have me scratcinng my head.

      1. Letting Ray Emery go – could have paid him enough and promissed enough starts to keep him. He’s not starting in Philly either.

      2. Letting Hutton go if they coul;d not retain Emery.

      3. Signing Khabibulin

      4. Not pursuing Tim Thomas

  5. christinajkimbrell - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:29 PM

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  6. slysipops - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    AMAZING ….they loose 2 skaters and a goalie and look like they are all new to each other as a team!maybe a few less tv commercials and some HUNGER TO WIN would help ? oh but wait….. the coaches should realize this ….RIGHT ??

    • mp1131211 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      I have no idea what you are talking about.

    • blomfeld - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM


      (ie: a body of infantry drawn up in ‘rectangular’ form in-order to repel an enemy thrust)

      Comrade Slysipops and other ‘excellent’ Hawk’s fans …

      please know friends that my bloodlines have used this tactic for centuries in ‘glorious’ battle against enemy forces … the basic idea is to ‘close rank’ with your comrades when besieged by an enemy on the offensive, thus providing him with a smaller and condensed, yet ‘lethal’ target of attack … in the old days, my people would often employ this strategy against onrushing cavalry, as truth be known, a horse will ‘never’ trample over a man intentionally … today in 2013, this timeless and effective principle still applies, even in our beloved game of hockey … so take a deep breath, gather yourselves and form ‘square’ like the glorious team you are !

      ps: and don’t ever say that we Kings aren’t looking out for you guys eh ? :)

  7. slysipops - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    NEW BLACKHAWK FIGHT SONG ??? ……………………..

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