Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/14/12 at 01:00 PM ET
from Adam L Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,
The Phoenix Coyotes checked, slammed and basically punched Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews on nearly every opportunity they had in Game 1.
But no worries. Toews, who played in his first game after missing 22 in a row with a concussion, feels just fine.
“I expected worse and that’s not to undershoot what happened [Thursday] night,” said Toews, who was one of several Hawks to take part in their optional skate Friday.
“I’m going to be at the net. I’m going to be right there in front of the goalie every whistle and every chance they get they’re going to take shots. I expected that. It’s no big deal. I’m just happy with the way I dealt with it.”
Toews played 24:49 in his first game in nearly two months, scoring on his second shift and assisting on Brent Seabrook’s overtime-forcing goal.
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