Blackhawks 'optimistic' Toews will play in Game 6

Blackhawks 'optimistic' Toews will play in Game 6
June 23, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Jonathan Toews left Saturday's game in the second period after taking a hit from Johnny Boychuk.

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BOSTON -- Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is "progressing" from the upper-body injury that forced him to sit on the bench for the entire third period of Game 5 on Saturday night, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

"Jon is doing much better today," said the Blackhawks coach on Sunday at the TD Garden. "He's progressing. We're optimistic that he'll be playing tomorrow night.

"I think the progress today, he's doing real good. Nobody's on the ice today. We'll visit in the morning. He seemed fine. So, nothing's changed, nothing's different. We'll keep an eye on him and go from there."

Toews was the recipient of a hard Johnny Boychuk hit in front of the Bruins' net during the second period of Chicago's Game 5 win. There was no penalty on the hit, and the NHL has ruled that Boychuk will not receive supplemental discipline for the hit.

And the Blackhawks weren't crying foul on Sunday.

"It wasn't a penalty on the play," said Quenneville. "It was one of those hits in the tight area in front of the net. You can be vulnerable in that area for a big hit. The first part of contact, you could talk about, but I'm not going to go there." 

"There's on-ice officials, there's people watching in the  stands, and the NHL is reviewing all those hits," said Patrick Sharp. "So I'll let them make their decision."