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Blackhawks’ Toews: ‘We’re still alive in this series’

May 27, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks are up against it. Adversity is a word that gets thrown around a lot during the Stanley Cup playoffs, and each team competing for hockey’s Holy Grail goes through its share of it.

The Blackhawks, well, they will now need three straight victories to defeat the L.A. Kings and advance to this year’s final series.

Chicago was rattled early, with L.A. getting off to a three-goal lead in the first period. The Blackhawks, defending champs, never recovered, losing by a final score of 5-2. The Western Conference Final series, with the Kings leading 3-1, shifts back to Chicago on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks aren’t about to say this series is over. But the Kings, after going to seven games in each of their first two playoff series this spring, seem to be gaining strength. Not only do they have four players atop NHL scoring in these playoffs, with Marian Gaborik‘s 10 goals leading the way, but they’ve gotten strong contributions from their depth players, like Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli.

Meanwhile, Patrick Kane has only one assist in four games against the Kings. That helper came in Monday’s loss. Patrick Sharp has only one goal and one point in this series, and played only one shift in the final five minutes of Game 4.

“We’re still alive in this series. No time to feel sorry for ourselves,” said Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews, as per Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

“We’ve got no one to blame but ourselves. We’re the only ones that are going to get ourselves out of it,” added Kane.

 

  1. no - May 27, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I would’ve rather hung out with pierre mcguire than watched the hawks play tonight

    • canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    • r8rbhawk - May 27, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      3rd period was ok, but that was a pretty pathetic performance today.

  2. canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    blackhawksdynasty, comeonnowguys, hammerhead5573, hawksin5, and r8rhawk seem to have mysteriously disappeared.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 27, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      they disappeared just like Twinkle Toes disappeared after being proclaimed as the best player in hockey….

      Kopitar > Twinkle Toes

      • nelkow - May 27, 2014 at 1:36 AM

        What? Toews had two goals last game while the rest of the team did nothing. Its not like kopitar has been scoring every night, the rest of L.A are the ones getting it done, not kopitar. If would seriously take kopitar over toews you are insane.

      • aldog83 - May 27, 2014 at 2:27 AM

        Toews still better than Kopitar.

        If the KINGS can finish of Hawks….

        Kopitar deserves to be in the argument.

        Im sure Kopitar could care less who the media…bloggers….or anyone thinks.

        He looks focused on Cup #2.

        A second cup will do the speaking for itself.

      • comeonnowguys - May 27, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        I would take Kopitar over Crosby in a heartbeat. I still think Toews has that extra level when he has to stop the other team’s best line AND do the team’s scoring.

        I am not saying that won’t ever be the case, but at this exact time, I would go with Toews.

        But isn’t it nice to see true two way centers get some love?

      • kaptaanamerica - May 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        You’re right, two way centres don’t get the credit they deserve except via the Selke. Cry baby shouldn’t be the face of the league.

      • slysipops - May 27, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        didn’t he JUST score his first goal of the series ?

    • r8rbhawk - May 27, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      Hey Canucks, I’m here, I just wanted to replicate the Hawks performance tonight and show up late.

      • slysipops - May 27, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        don’t be too hard on them . they get dizzy from the smell off the tanning lotion they rub on rich guys backs and legs all day !

    • comeonnowguys - May 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      I am here. Three day holiday weekend full of plans.

      I could only watch the first period of G3, and I had to listen to the game last night on the radio.

      Which was fun, because all weekend long I was thinking, “if they crap the bed this weekend, I’ll be hearing about it.”

    • hawksin5 - May 27, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      right here buddy. and @kaptaanamerica. i know you’re a canucks fan, I’m done making fun of you for that, i feel bad now a days, and i know that you only EVER post on articles about the blackhawks purely because of the deep jealous hatred you have for the hawks. i completely understand that. but the more i read your comments, the more i realize that you, sir, are a very very stupid human being.

  3. blomfeld - May 27, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    THE ‘FIST OF TRUTH’ WILL SPARE NO QUARTER !

    Twinkle Toews and his ‘emotional’ pleas notwithstanding, the bottom line now friends is that the sooner we ‘dispatch’ these fools the better ! Therefore I say we ‘do’ these people right there in Oprah Land on Wednesday ! What say you ? … :)

    GO 70’S LINE !!! … GO LA KINGS !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!

  4. nightfireop - May 27, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Blackhawks’ Toews: ‘We’re still alive in this series’

    blomfeld, for once, can you give us the honors of stayin’ alive by beegees?

    • blomfeld - May 27, 2014 at 1:02 AM

      you got it man ! :)

      • canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      • canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 2:57 AM

        Here’s the better version:

    • kaptaanamerica - May 27, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      Their alive, but let’s get real. this is gonna be a Four game SWEEP… bring out the brooms for Twinkle Toes and company

      • 19to77 - May 27, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        Uh. Well. Considering that WAS game four and the ‘Hawks have a win in this series, that may be a little hard to accomplish. But what do I know? I just… you know, actually watch the games.

      • r8rbhawk - May 27, 2014 at 1:55 AM

        Kaptaanamerica is to the Hawks what Alexovechkinminus35 is to the Caps, just a guy trying to troll and say inflammatory statements regarding the team he hates.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM

        SWEEP as in four straight wins for the Kings. The first game was a gimme since the Kings played on less than 48 hours since the previous game, plus travel, etc….

      • slysipops - May 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        well , you learned to type again ! good boy ! now we want to work on your math,sonny ! after that it’s artwork….we’ll get out your crayons and coloring books…. you can make some nice pics for the fridge door !

  5. r8rbhawk - May 27, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Thanks for calling me out boys, that means you really do miss my commentary, j/k. Tazer is right, Hawks are still alive, though definitely on life support, Kings look great, Hawks look like crap, no need to expound on that simple statement.

  6. khmerson562 - May 27, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Indiana pacers also claim that they’re still alive against Miami.

    • nelkow - May 27, 2014 at 3:05 AM

      Pacers have never won an nba championship… and I can’t believe you would compare the miami heat to the kings lol not even close success wise

      • canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 3:16 AM

  7. aldog83 - May 27, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Still alive……

    Unless the Blackhawks lose a game this week,

  8. schusters3 - May 27, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Huge fan of Toews back to Fighting Sioux days, but living in LA and seeing Kopitar every night leaves it a toss up for me. I bet GMs would be equally split. Certainly not even close to insane to call it a coin flip on who is the better center man.

  9. nothanksimdriving123 - May 27, 2014 at 3:53 AM

    Not a fan of either team, but it looks like Kings are on a roll. However, one thing Chicago does infinitely better than LA: the anthem. Indeed, they lead the NHL by miles.

    • desertfan - May 27, 2014 at 5:10 AM

      Boston by a mile!!!

      • isphet71 - May 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        That Boston anthem is absolutely ridiculous. That guy is so friggin silly looking and sounding. It’s a debacle.

  10. footballfan - May 27, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Like anyone would expect the captain of a team to say anything different. If he did an interview and said “Yea, we are going to lose the next game too” that would be a headline!

    I think the Hawks will win the next game but they won’t win the series. LA has been playing the best hockey of any of the 4 teams left.

    • slysipops - May 27, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      go easy on them, they get dizzy rubbing tan lotion on rich guys backs and legs all day !

  11. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    The team that is playing right now is dead. They are being outclassed in every aspect of the game.

    The team that played against St. Louis can still win the series. If that team shows up.

    Too many turnovers in your own zone.
    Too many uncovered Kings in front of your goalie.
    No one in front of the Kings goalie.
    Too many dumb penalties. Mostly at the wrong time of the game.
    Pucks not getting to the net.
    Johnny Oduya, Kris Versteeg, Michael Handzus.

    • comeonnowguys - May 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      So much correct with this. I think this is still the team that beat St. Louis–they just have nothing left in the tank.

      For all the talk about Game 1 and the “rested” Kings, what gets overlooked is the compressed 2013 schedule + deep playoff run + short offseason + 10 Olympians that Chicago’s dealt with.

      Also, the Kings are strongest where the Hawks are weakest: Center. And unlike other teams, they are making Chicago pay for it.

      • isphet71 - May 27, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        I can attest to this issue as a Wings fan. All those years we were supposed to win, but it seemed like half of them the team just got worn down, hit a wall, and couldn’t bring it in the playoffs when they really needed it. An entire year of every team playing their absolute hardest against you really wears the team down. It’s absolutely “a thing.”

        Let’s be honest – The Hawks are the most talented team top-to-bottom in the NHL right now. Kane, Toews, Sharp, Hossa, Keith… they really are something. It’s as close to an all-star team as you’re going to get with a salary cap. But being so talented and also the current champ means that you are going to get every teams’ best, every night, and that works against you.

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        Completely disagree with the nothing in the tank argument.

        The Hawks played 6 more games than the Kings last year. The Kings had Carter, Quick, Doughty, Kopitar, Brown, and Voynev, all who are dominating right now, play in Sochi.

        One other thing I forgot on the list:

        Win a faceoff once in a while.

      • comeonnowguys - May 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Yes, I disagree, but I hope your scenario is right!

      • slysipops - May 27, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        they only comprehend what they want , don’t stress them by making them think !

  12. isphet71 - May 27, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    You have to hand it to the Kings. They crank it up for the playoffs. Dudes are just money in the postseason. Their will to win is second to none in the postseason the last few years. Their talent level is a little lower than the Blackhawks (most talented team in the league, period.), Sharks, and a few other teams overall, but the Kings just impress the hell out of me every postseason.

    -Wings fan.

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