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Blackhawks coach says Toews’ injury isn’t serious

Mar 30, 2014, 10:37 PM EDT

Sunday may still be a rough night overall for the Chicago Blackhawks, but if head coach Joel Quenneville’s early prognosis is correct, Jonathan Toews‘ upper-body injury might only be minor.

Quenneville labels the 25-year-old as “day-to-day” and told reporters including’s Tracey Myers that they’ll know more about their captain’s condition on Monday.

It’s early, but so far that’s seriously good news for Captain Serious.

The Blackhawks are already dealing with Patrick Kane‘s injury-related absence, and while day-to-day can sometimes result in weeks of missed time, at least it sounds like his issue (which seems to be left arm/shoulder-related) isn’t too significant.

As far as the hit itself, Brooks Orpik defended himself to the media:

… And it seemed like Marian Hossa (sort of) backed him up.

Even with that mostly good injury news, this 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins might rally the Blackhawks, who have now lost three games in a row.

  1. billsin20xx - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    This clearly shows the hit directly to the head and Orpick leaving his feet – if this was kaleta it would be 40 games, Orpick it will be….

    • c9castine - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      are you campaigning? at least the second place youve posted this.

    • killerpgh - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      That video clearly shows Orpik’s right skate is on the ice when contact is made. Stevie Wonder could see that.

      Glad to here Toews is only day to day and not worse.

    • questswp - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      Body first, leaves feet after contact

    • joey4id - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Just want to make sure you see this post.

      Stiller43 – Mar 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM
      What are you, an idiot? Feet leave the ice AFTER contact.

    • cavafox - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      Let’s see…

      Feet leave ice after contact- Check
      Principal point of contact is body – Check

      Nope, not dirty… idiot.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Clean hit but unless you play for an Original 6 team a hit like that isn’t accepted. See Kronwall.

    • 7mantel - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Do you really believe that ?

    • dtownbeatdown - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      That is Mr. Kronwalled to you sir.

      Kronwalls hits are accepted because they are clean, just like Orpiks hit was. Stop crying, coming from a guy who roots for the team with James Neal on it.

      Some content was stripped by our security filters, but it should be possible for one of your Editors to embed the content for you.

  3. jaybaileys - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    I hope JT is ok, it would be a shame for him to be hurt right before the playoffs.

  4. rushledger - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    That’s true everyone loves when Kronwall levels a guy, or when the guy from the bruins injures to senators on the same shift. All good unless your an expansion team, apparently, and NBC sports will feed into it with a “No hearing scheduling for Orpik hit on Toews” tomorrow so more people can damn Orpik.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      The only people making it into an issue is NBC with their clown Milbury. Milbury proves night out at how useless of a hockey analyst he really is. Plus did Chicago think it was a dirty hit? No not at all. Yeah Shaw & Sharp hit Orpik shortly after it happened but they didn’t decide to cheap shot him. They gave a hit and then went after business.

      • slysipops - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        because they are cowards and so is the coach

  5. Stiller43 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    What are you, an idiot? Feet leave the ice AFTER contact.

  6. slysipops - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    the TOEWS hit was borderline ….the hit on KRUEGER looked illegal….. the sad part was no one answered the bell for the HAWKS ! no doubt QUENNVILLE has a lot to do with that ….. he is not a BIILY REAY or DON CHERRY . if that hit was on CROSBY the PEN fans would have a lynch mob out here . a lot of coaches would have checked SIDNEY some just to send a message…. not Q ! so the HAWKS survive and make it close with about 5 minutes left ( only behind by the extreme SOFTIE …CRAWFORD let slip thru his 5 hole ) and then the foul mouth CRAWFORD …DUCKS AWAY from the goal making it 3 to 1 …………….PRICELESS ! THROW THE TOWEL IN NOW !

    • hockey412 - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      I thought the Hawks did elevate their physical play after the hit. They didn’t suckerpunch anyone, but they did elevate their play.

  7. thesportsjudge - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Didn’t seem dirty. Good, hard, hockey check.

  8. jhaegs - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Good hit. What do you think, hammerhead and comeonguys?

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      I don’t know. Ask me the morning after the Blues lose.

      Oh right, nowhere to be found.

      Now ask me within a week after the Blues get stomped by the Blackhawks?

      Again, nowhere to be found.

      • hammerhead5573 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Comeonnow, she’s just looking for attention. Anyone who isn’t a homer Blues fan knows what this guy is all about. With that said your point is valid, oddly showed up after the Blues won the first 3 but strangely “out of town” after the last game. When the Blues are eliminated in the playoffs, he will somehow forget the site address to PHT. Bet the farm on it.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        Yeah, it was one last explanation for the Penguin (and lurking Flyer) fans who are just visiting. :)

    • jhaegs - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      Bout time you two showed up! I was getting worried.

      Why don’t you go back to the conversation after the 3rd game between our teams. Let me know if I was talking trash or rubbing in our win. Pretty sure I said something along the lines of how great the series had been and how much fun it was to watch. I also said I hope we meet in the playoffs. You’re the tools trying to start stuff.

      Blackhawks are a great team. Blackhawks fans are some of the worst out there….

  9. haterzinc - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    Clean hit. Nhl will agree. JR got hit in the shoulder……not dirty. Wish him the best recovery

  10. bgrillz - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Milbury is a tool. At least as he is hitting an adult….

  11. hammerhead5573 - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    I looked this hit over and over. Frankly, it’s a clean hit, but those stooges saying Toews was admiring his pass are just plain dumb. The hit happened only a split second after the pass. Not sure anyone would have time to admire their pass , nor does Toews do that.

  12. 2difshoe - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    As a Hawks fan, looks like a good, clean hit.
    Hawks Andrew Shaw makes a living hitting other teams players…live by the sword, die by the sword.

    If I’m Oprick, I keep my head on a swivel, Shaw’s not going to forget this, nor is Brandon Bollig.

    • hockey412 - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Shaw was on the ice last night, correct? Shaw did NOTHING, correct?

      Sharp did a good job of nailing Orpik every chance he got after that hit. Orpik hit him back a few times too. Shaw was too busy fighting his own battles with Bortuzzo, which is the way it should be.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        hawks didnt dress anyone that could do anything about it. shaw is hardly a tough guy, more like an annoyance, i mean he’s what 175 lbs soaking wet? engelland was paired with orpik last night and you could tell he was itching for a fight, he wouldve loved to knock shaw’s block off i’m sure. between engelland, glass, and bortuzzo the hawks were smart not to start anything after the fact… though i do agree with keith jones, if someone was going to do something, they shouldve done it immediately…even if it was just hossa getting in orpik’s face. they let it slide, which i agree with because it was a clean hit and part of hockey, but, if it had been worse…the hawks didnt have anyone that could do a thing about it so maybe that is something that needs addressed in itself.

    • slysipops - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      shaw and bollig had time and did nothing ! the HAWK team on the ice did nothing when the hit occured….so when or where are they going to remember this for ? in 2010 the hawks had BEN EAGER ……he didn’t forget……they had other gritty players and won the cup. in 2011 the grit was gone and so was the cup . 2013 their speed got them another cup….. now 2014 other teams have speed AND grit and have the hawks number……2014 cup….i doubt it !

  13. jpelle82 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    i’d be one sad hockey fan if hits like these were getting penalized. doesnt get any better without crossing the line. the reason you hit like this is not to injure someone like milbury wants to believe, (he’s borderline slandering orpik at this point but thats a whole other conversation) its to establish a realm in which you play in that is comfortable for you but not for your opponent. its makes a guy think twice, it makes them hurry, causes mistakes, and it makes them respect the zone like they should. toews and friends dont play the pens enough to know or respect when orpik is out there…now they will. scary to think orpik will be playing on another team next year.

  14. florida76 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Good, clean hit by Orpik, people overreact to when the Pens beat their favorite team. It was enjoyable to see the dominating win and payback for the outdoor game.

  15. muckleflugga - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:47 AM


    pull your head out of its comfortable and roomy home up your gelatinous ass … get some oxygen then get a clue

    as milbury stated brooks orpik has a long history of trashing vulnerable players then pleading conscientious objector status after the fact … in my part of the world we call his kind yellow

    the so-called head not being the principal target is rationalization when any player knows damn well a collision of that force … premeditated and deliberate … is going to carry the shoulder through anything in its path … anybody who plays knows that to be fact …

    anybody who enjoys orpik’s hits on toews and eriksson in particular and his gooning style of play is by every measure a like-minded coward and no less a hypocrite rationalizing rules to accommodate his play as clean

    as for slander and defamation …

    orpik’s a back-running coward without the spools to back his goonery up and a day of reckoning is coming … anyone can track another player and deliver a hammer job …

    someone will be parking orpik’s banjo-eyed ugly countenance in row three … he’s already lost a step or two and he’ll be losing more than that …

    they all get it in the end

    • jpelle82 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      ok muckle. your doctor probably would object to you letting your blood pressure up this high this early in the morning…maybe you should go relax in your chair with your daily metamucil..i think the price is right is coming on at 11. you’ve been around long enough to know better than this drivel you’re posting here. i’ve seen orpik fight, i’ve seen him do it to defend himself as well as his team mates. not so much in the last 5 years or so but i wouldnt say he’s yellow at all. i would call him progressive if anything, he’s figured out how to play hard within the rules of the game, which in turn allows him to stick to his beliefs of no fighting. if he was out there head hunting or acting like lets say…james neal…then i would totally agree with you and say he was a coward for not fighting, but i havent seen anything from him that would warrant a fight response lately.

    • slysipops - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      well said MUCK, the ones who enjoyed his style, probably cried like babies when THORTON called him out ! as i’ve said in the past ,i’ve been a hawks fan for a long time, and it seems to me that STANLEY BOWMAN has been dumping the gritty guys out of the system for the last 2 years now and going for smaller speedier guys…it worked last year…but i think it has been caught up with this season! anyone who has played the game and watches the whole game possible ( on the tube ) would notice how all the opponents have picked up on hitting the hawks hard, to scare them into stupid mistaken passes and moves that lose games .VERSTEEG was supposed to do so much….when does that start? letting FROLIC go was a big mistake. the PK is just lately starting to work ( desperation maybe ) but players like TOEWS and HOSSA are getting fatigued killing them. KRUEGER is ( and was) great on the PK …but making him now responcible for some offensive threats is also wearing on him ……i could go on forever ….bye

  16. bandree - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    I think the hit was clearly payback for the outdoor game. Orpik was made to look foolish and this is his way of getting him back a nice shoulder on shoulder check! Not glad to see him hurt by any means, but I’m glad someone for the Pens finally stepped up and hit someone! Hope JT gets back on his skates he’s a good captain and a tough loss.

  17. kingnuthin222 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Glad to see reasonable Hawks fans stating clean hit. As much as it would pain me were that Crosby on the receiving end of a hot like that, there is no way I would call it dirty or malicious. Toews is a great player and we aren’t playing soccer, Hockey is a physical sport and the Pens need Orpik to be physical. Glad Toews is ok, Milbury should be fired for his grandstanding, very unprofessional.

  18. muckleflugga - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM


    i’m not sure if i was reading correctly … engelland and bortuzzo and glass … scaring anybody …?

    the powder puff poofters

    lmao … watch many fights

    • jpelle82 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      now you’re just showing your ignorance.

  19. puckyou14 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    It was a clean hit, not much more to say. I don’t really care for Orpik but it was clean.

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