WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jonathan Toews sat out the first two preseason games, getting a little extra rest and recuperation from a hip flexor injury. His hip and shootout offering looked just fine on Friday night.
Toews scored the shootout winner, with a slick top-shelf shot, and Antti Raanta won his preseason start as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 at the Verizon Center. Toews shook off the rust quickly in his first preseason game, a contest that otherwise featured more prospects than starters from the Cup team.
“Jonny moved well and skated well,” said coach Joel Quenneville. “Coming in with a lineup where it might have looked like we were against it, we found a way to get something out of it.”
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Brandon Bollig scored his second goal in as many nights.
Raanta got his biggest test since hitting North American ice. He stopped 26 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime, then stopped Jason Chimera, Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom in the shootout.
“I knew there’d be superstars against us,” he said. “The start of the game wasn’t what I wanted. A couple of those goals, I’ll go to the showers and think about those a little bit. I didn’t want to allow four goals but I learned a lot. I learned what it takes to get to the NHL.”
Bollig, meanwhile, continued to tally preseason offense. Now to carry it over to the regular season.
“I think everyone wants to score goals, but it doesn’t happen for all of us,” he said. “We’ve talked before about the fighting and physical stuff getting me in the league. What’s going to make me stick is expanding my role. That’s what’s going to get me there is the penalty kill, playing more defensively and popping some goals in.”
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Marian Hossa, who aggravated an upper-body injury, will stay off the ice through this weekend. Quenneville said they’re hoping Hossa can start skating again early next week.
Andrew Shaw (lower body) skated back in Chicago today. Quenneville said Shaw could play on Sunday in Detroit.
Mike Kostka (upper body) and Brandon Pirri (lower body) skated this morning. Quenneville said he’d like to get both into one or some of the remaining preseason games.
The Blackhawks assigned goaltender Mac Carruth to the Rockford IceHogs.