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No Frustration From Chicago’s Captain

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"It’s not time to get frustrated, it’s not time to give up. You stay with it and eventually something clicks and when it does, it feels really good," Toews said in an almost jovial tone. "This is the time of year where you just empty the tank, throw everything you can at them. You just continue no matter what. You don’t make excuses. You don’t throw in the towel. You keep working for that offense. It comes at a price, too."

It’s hard not to believe him; he’s done it too many times not to.

Let’s give the Lightning a little credit here too, right? Tampa’s top defensive duo of Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman has been downright awesome so far; which in part is why it might make sense to keep Toews and Kane apart from here on out to make that matchup more difficult for the Lightning. Cedric Paquette's checking line, which opened the scoring Saturday night, has also been good against Toews.

It’s the Cup finals, the competition is fierce. No one gets to go out there and own every shift like it’s a November night in Buffalo.

"They’re working hard, they’re playing good hockey, playing smart, defensive hockey," Toews answered when asked what the Bolts were doing to his line. "We just got to stay with it. I think Saad had a great chance 2-on-1 early in the game, I had a great chance where it bounced right off my stick -- great setup by Kaner -- so one of those go in, maybe you’re not sitting here asking those questions as much."

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