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Toews Had A Target On His Back

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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I am not sure if he is recovered, I was at the game and he looked to be gassed, could be conditioning or he is still having effects. It would not surprise me if he is pushing to play, his personality doesn’t strike me as someone who would not play if he has any control in the matter.

Posted by timbits on 04/14/12 at 01:11 PM ET

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The ­Phoenix Coyotes checked, slammed and basically punched Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews on nearly every opportunity they had in Game 1.

As they should.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 04/14/12 at 03:43 PM ET

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So basically Phoenix played against the Lackhawks the way both teams play against the Wings. In this league, teams size up the opponents’ skill/talent, and decide that if they can’t beat them, they will beat on them.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/14/12 at 04:50 PM ET

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