Hawks hope to have Toews for Game 6

Hawks hope to have Toews for Game 6

Posted by TimS on Sun, 06/23/2013 - 01:04

The Blackhawks and Bruins each finished Game 5 on Saturday without their best players in Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron.

Toews watched the whole third period of the Hawks' 3-1 win from the bench with what coach Joel Quenneville called an upper body injury.

Bergeron, meanwhile, was taken to an area hospital for observation of an undusclosed injury that later was reported by multiple sources as being a spleen problem.

Toews took two bit hits in the head area from Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Zdeno Chara before leaving.

"We're hopeful he'll be ready next game," Quenneville said. "We'll see how he is (Sunday). I checked on him a couple times; I think he wanted to play."

Boychuk's was the worst hit of the two, but he felt his hit on Toews was legal.

"I came across and read it and hit him," Boychuk said. "I tried to hit him clean and I thought it was. I don't know how he fell, awkwardly or how he fell. I'm going to try and play physical and he's going to drive the net like he's supposed to and I'm going to hit."

Asked if he was concerned about a possible hearing, Boychuk said: "No. I'm pretty sure it was clean."

Toews' teammates were glad just have him on the bench.

"It's always good to have Johnny, if he's not on the ice, just to have him there with the team," defenseman Duncan Keith said.

"It just showed he's a great leader," Andrew Shaw said. "He's going to be out there with us mentally and physically. It was great. He's talking to us, letting us know - just keep supporting underneath, play solid D, block as many shots as you can. Keep working for each other."

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