The Blues came out with a little zip in their step on Tuesday night. They peppered Marty Turco early. By the time the Hawks prepared to deliver their counter-punch, they lost Jonathan Toews for the game. Toews was driven into the boards by Matt D’Agostini, holding his right shoulder as he got up. He never returned and the Hawks never bothered to show up afterwards.
To make matters, the Hawks lost Troy Brouwer and Niklas Hjalmarsson in the second period for long stretches effectively leaving them with 15 skaters. 14 if you don’t count John Scott.
I’m not sure who scored or how for the Blues in the third but it didn’t really matter because anyone who has seen 15 minutes of Blackhawks hockey in their life knew the Hawks weren’t getting out of St. Louis with any points.
Joel Quenneville said after the game he’s hopeful Jonathan Toews’ injury wasn’t serious but won’t know more until tomorrow. Hawk Nation now waits with baited breath.
Only have a couple thoughts about this one….
Patrick Kane returned and as has been the case throughout his career, it generally takes a couple games before he gets going. Wasn’t much different tonight. Other than his breakaway chance that he missed by a hair, Kane eased his way back into the flow of the game. He’ll be back to his old self fairly soon and the Hawks may need him to be.
This feels like the fourth time the Hawks have dressed their ‘normal’ team only to lose a key player in that same game. It happened with Dave Bolland, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, and now Jonathan Toews. Hate to say I’m already looking forward to the end of this season.