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‘We’ve got to find a way to be better,’ says Toews

Mar 19, 2014, 12:56 PM EST

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It’s not that the Chicago Blackhawks are playing poorly, because they’re not. But no team in today’s NHL has set a higher bar than the defending Stanley Cup champions, who you’ll also recall barely lost a game in the 2013 regular season.

Since starting the current season 20-4-4 and looking like they’d be romping to another Presidents’ Trophy, the ‘Hawks are just 19-11-11. Which isn’t exactly terrible, but again, high bar.

“We’ve got to find a way to be better,” said captain Jonathan Toews, per CSN Chicago, after Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss in Philadelphia. “If we play better and we sharpen up on little things, we’ve got a lot of skill and we’ve got a lot of ability; it will take care of itself. We’ll find a way to get points.”

Tonight, it’s the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues paying a visit to the United Center (on NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET).

“Obviously, it’ll be a huge game for us and it will be exciting to get to play these guys,” said ‘Hawks coach Joel Quenneville. “I see our team responding and being excited about that game.”

Worth mentioning: the way the standings look, the ‘Hawks and Blues are on a collision course to meet in the second round of the playoffs, assuming both of them make it that far.

Related: St. Louis or Chicago — who ya got?

  1. phillyphannnn83 - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I hate to say it but I think last night the ‘Hawks were overlooking the Flyers in anticipation of the Blues game tonight.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Probably had to do with drubbing they gave us earlier in the year, but this is a much different Flyers team right now. Still I don’t think there’s any reason for Chicago to worry, they still have deepest team in the NHL, besides maybe St Louis. Ryan Miller has made that team downright scary, though losing Tarasenko hurts. I don’t watch a ton of Western conference games but ill tune in for this one.

      • mp1131211 - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        “I don’t watch a ton of Western conference games”

        You should. They’re awesome!

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      I am reluctant to agree only because it sounds like diminishing the Flyers, but there may be a little of that. It feels watching them like they are just biding their time for the playoffs. Which isn’t good.

      That said, I still like their chances with any contender in a seven-game series.

      • mp1131211 - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Biding their time – I think that is a good observation. Hawks have rested on their laurels a bit since Olympic break. The season isn’t over…

    • c9castine - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      yeah, well not many teams have seen this version of the flyers. the spent the first 1/3 of the season as a garbage club.

      definitely going to catch some people off guard wether they want to admit it or not.

    • c9castine - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      by the way, don’t be like pens fans and make every article about your team.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        I get what you’re saying about Pens fans, but I didn’t take it that way. This was the most recent game.

  2. hammerhead5573 - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Philly – I highly doubt that. In case you don’t know, the Hawks have not been playing well for awhile. They scored 2 goals in the first 5 minutes yesterday. Philly shut them down the rest of the way. It is what it is. Doesn’t mean they over looked anything.

  3. joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I don’t believe for a minute that a team that has won 2 SCs would be overlooking a team they are playing to anticipate the game after. You don’t become a SC champion by not focusing on the task at hand. Winning your next game is at the forefront of every quality professional champion.

    Toews gave a quote which is nothing more than a “toe the company line” quote. Sometimes it’s the best approach. What is most important is what he says in the room away from the press. This quote in comparison to Alzner’s & Speeza’s is very revealing of the team’s psyche. Hawks are battling to improve, but the Sens and Caps have given up.

    • hammerhead5573 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Ok Joey, it will sound like I am ripping on you but I’m not. It always puzzles me how writers and or fans take one quote from a player, right after a game and say that player is an @ss or whatever they will say about them. Meanwhile the players have a mic in their grill for 10 minutes. My point is, saying a player is doing some company line or saying they never give credit to another team is absolutely without any knowledge at all. What about the other 9 minutes the mic was in their face and not mentioned in an article. I do not care for a lot of teams but rarely will I ever take an individual quote and base my opinion on that player.

      • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        hammerhead, the truth of the matter is that some players are not all that smart regardless of the abundance of talent. Their is book smarts, and then there is street smarts. Lack of book smarts doesn’t equate to lack of street smarts, or book smarts doesn’t necessarily equate to street smarts either. Regardless of the domain and level of education required to perform in that realm not every one is street smart. There are bad lawyers, and they are a few exceptional ones, which is why we pay top bucks for their services. Same can be said about Doctors or coaches.

        I do not use a single quote to give my opinion on a player or any other individual. (Unless you’re a troll or internet bully here) True that we don’t always get the full interview. But! That few seconds with a whole lot of other data points and observation over time can provide a fairly accurate profile of an individual. There are other factors to be considered when providing an opinion; business side of the game, personal experiences, data from books, other players, what GMs, coaches, and other journalists close to the game report.

    • kastout11 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      I agree that the Sens have given up, but the Caps have won a few straight, including beating Anaheim last night. I think they will end up on the outside looking in, because I think there are 8 teams in the Eastern Conference better than them, not because they have given up.

      • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Ok. I’ll give you credit for that. However, I do think these guys are not dummies and they know their chances of winning 9 of their remaining 12 games is very small. I think that transpired in their quotes.

  4. patshal - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    If the Hawks beat the Blues tonight, they will certainly get their momentum back and win the rest of their games.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Unless it’s a drubbing by the Blues in which the Hawks play exactly like they did last night, I won’t be concerned.

      Two shootout losses and one where they coughed up a 2v1 break at the very end of the first game.That’s not exactly the same hard luck they’ve had against Varlamov.

      We’ll see. I just want the playoffs to start.

    • mp1131211 - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Would you speak the same if you were talking with you wallet? Winning one game does not guarantee wins over the next, what 11? 12?

  5. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I’m excited for this one. Two of the best captains in the league and very deep teams. Sucks they lost tarasenko, he could be the next federov.

  6. slysipops - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    another backhand pass give-away by VERSTEEG to put the final nail in the game coffin . i thought that he would be a good addition when the HAWKS brought him back…but now i see why TORONTO AND FLORIDA dumped him. his last game was good , but his minus’s outweigh his pluses. BROOKBANK also is very questionable most of the time.the HAWKS should have stood pat with PIRRI, OLSEN and HAYES .KANE’S dippsy – doodling didn’t do much either! i thought maybe after the DETROIT win the HAWKS might get back to being what they were….. but last night proved that not to be the case. no offense FLYER fans . PHILLY played a great game and with a couple of breaks would have scored 6 or 7 goals and had the game sewed up after the first period ! how could a team fall apart so fast? i really hope they prove me wrong…… but so far, it looks like a quick exit in the playoffs this post season .

    • slysipops - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      OH ,and i used to enjoy FOLI and EDDIE O doing the announcing of the HAWK games. but lately i turn to another pick up of the telecast if possible. they have gotten to the point of sounding like 2 sissifed idiots anymore. some of their emphasis on words or other quirks make it sound like they are doing a show for 3 or 4 year old children !

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