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CHICAGO—According to a report from Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews , suffered an upper body injury in last night’s game according to Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. Toews did not see any action in the third period, a game that saw the Blackhawks skate to victory over the visiting Boston Bruins by a tally of 3-1. Quennevill offered this to the media regarding the injury following the game.
"We're hopeful [he can play] next game," Quenneville said. "We'll see how he is [Sunday.]"
The injury resulted because of a hit put on him by Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk which occurred in the second period. Boychuk noted to the media his feelings in regard to the hit.
"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. 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.
"I'm pretty sure it was clean."
Earlier this afternoon, Bob McKenzie of TSN released a tweet which stated that there would be no discipline for the 29-year-old.
As expected, no supplemental discipline for BOS's Boychuk.
In total, Toews played 12:56 of ice time which amounted to 18 shifts. After coming out of the gate a bit slowly to start the Stanley Cup Finals, he has picked up his play. As the report notes, before exiting the game he assisted on both of Patrick Kane’s goals. In total, Toews has notched two goals and 10 assists in 22 playoff games, and throughout the season has been an integral part of what has been an explosive offensive Chicago attack.
"We're just hoping that he's going to be ready to play," Quenneville responded. "We'll see how he is. We're hopeful he can play."
If Chicago wants to win the coveted Stanley Cup, they need a healthy Toews that is for sure. It should be interesting to see how this story develops, and if he will be able to play on Monday.