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Blackhawks’ Toews: ‘It’s time to play hard’

Mar 13, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

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A loss to the Colorado Avalanche has bumped the Chicago Blackhawks to third in the Central Division.

The Blackhawks couldn’t complete the comeback in a 3-2 defeat on Wednesday to the Avalanche, which took over second in the division, now four points back of the leading St. Louis Blues.

At 90 points, it would take a monumental collapse and losing streak from the Blackhawks, defending Stanley Cup champions, to miss the playoffs. But, with a team that has a shot of winning back-to-back titles, simply making the post-season isn’t good enough.

In their last 10 games, the Blackhawks have gone 5-4-1, and have just three wins in six games since coming back from the Olympic break.

The team’s captain, Jonathan Toews, isn’t overly pleased with Chicago’s recent play, especially now that it’s the stretch drive.

“Maybe we can learn our lesson now that games aren’t going to get any easier. It’s time to play hard,” said Toews, as per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Toews added: “We don’t want to think of ourselves as a team that just turns on the switch come playoff time.”

  1. blomfeld - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:20 AM


    General Toews: You know whats going to happen here in the morning ? The whole damn King’s army is going to be here. They’ll move through this town, occupy these hills on the other side and when our people get here Sutter will have the high ground. There will be the devil to pay! The high ground! Quenneville will come in slowly, cautiously. New to command. They’ll be on his back in Chicago, wire hot with messages ‘Attack! Attack!’. So he will set up a ring around these hills. And when Sutter’s army is nicely entrenched behind fat rocks on the high ground, Quenneville will finally attack, if he can coordinate the army. Straight up the hillside, out in the open, in that gorgeous field of fire. We will charge valiantly… and be butchered valiantly! And afterwards men in tall hats and gold watch fobs will thump their chest and say what a brave charge it was. Slysipops, I’ve led a soldier’s life, and I’ve never seen anything as brutally clear as this.

    Executive Summary: in addition to Chicago, the entire WC ‘elite’ now knows ‘exactly’ what’s coming their way …


    • hawksin5 - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Blom, considering the hawks have lost exactly once to the kings the last 8 meetings, i don’t think GENERAL TOEWS and co. are really fretting the oh so MIGHTY kings. they have serious things to worry about. like the blues, and the avalanche…..

  2. se7enbladez - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    You might be the biggest idiot in any comment section anywhere.

  3. jhuck92 - Mar 13, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    Could be worse. They could have lost to a team 34 points behind them in the standings

  4. greej1938l - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    We didn’t need to play hard before though

  5. joey4id - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Avs have been steadly progressing since the start of training camp and have finally caught up to the Hawks, the current SC champs. Quite an accomplishment. Knowing Roy I doubt his team is at it s peak. Avs over Hawks in the first round is very likely if Varly can play like he did last night. Will make for a fun series if you re not a fan of either team, otherwise it will be nail bitting.

  6. tfilarski - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    as a blackhawk fan, definitely more scared to play the av’s in the playoffs than the blues

  7. comeonnowguys - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    The longer last night went on, the less I worried about a potential series versus the Avs.

    Varlamov gives up a lot of rebounds. In the span of a series, when you get to play someone night in, night out, you’re going to adapt and be able to better anticipate where it’s going.

    Great game against a great opponent, but there were a lot of goalposts, bad penalties committed (one that essentially gave them a 2-man advantage) and a favorable bounce for the second Avs goal. If Hawk fans think regular season outcomes are any reason to climb out on a ledge, they should remember how much last year’s regular season was worth when they were down 3-1 to Detroit.

  8. slysipops - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    better hope someone else draws the AVS first HAWKS……………………poof !!

  9. sprtsfan1 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Blues and Avs have the Hawks number in the regular season. Playoffs is all that matters. Beat the Hawks 4 times in a 7 game playoff series and then people will be impressed. Until now, you’re just the Minnesota Wild of last year, no playoff experience.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      To be fair, the ‘Hawks lost two shootouts to the Blues, and the third happened on terrible turnover that led to a 2-on-1 with :30 left. Not exactly running away from the ‘Hawks.

  10. c9castine - Mar 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Kinda funny same kind of thing you hear out of Pittsburgh and Boston.

    Doesnt matter what seed you are really. Most people know that…but you cant go stumbling into the playoffs. You need to have things fine tuned by the time they start. So, this is the time to get things straightened out.

  11. slysipops - Mar 13, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    it sure is time to play hard…………..VERSTEEG, BICKLE, HANDZUS, to name the worst

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