Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/06/13 at 09:35 AM ET
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
While even coach Joel Quenneville was noticeably curt in his post-game interview (Asked how the Hawks could improve their power play, his response was as succinct as it could be: "Shoot."), Toews typically was soft-spoken, resolute and spot-on, especially when it came to the obvious storyline of the game -- the Wild's pummeling of the Blackhawks with impunity. It was 34-13 on paper, but much worse in reality.
''It's part of the game. It's something we can do, too,'' Toews said. ''It's not the only part of the game that we didn't take control of. Maybe they outhit us on paper, but there are a lot of other things that we didn't do right that we're going to have to get going if we want to win a game like this.''
Though Toews' voice could have echoed in the barren locker room after the game, it remains to be seen if his teammates get that message. Unless something catastrophic happens in a hockey game -- like Marian Hossa getting knocked out by a vicious hit -- there seems to be a delayed response to situations like this. Like a one-game lag. After the Blackhawks were outhit 17-4 in the first period, they were still outhit 7-2 in the second. And that's just on paper.
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