BOSTON – Jonathan Toews is “doing much better today,” and the Chicago Blackhawks captain could play against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final tomorrow night.
Toews took a few big hits in Game 5 on Saturday night; the one Johnny Boychuk gave him late in the second period earned a review from the NHL, but no supplemental discipline. Toews was on the bench throughout the third period but did not play during those final 20 minutes.
When asked about the hit, Quenneville gave a somewhat noncommittal answer.
“It’s one of those hits in a tight area in front of the net (where) you could be vulnerable for a big hit. First point of contact, you could talk about, but I don’t think there’s, I’m not going to go there.”
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Patrick Sharp has also had his tussles with Boychuk this series, but is fine with the physical play he’s had from the Bruins defenseman.
“I seem to get matched up against Boychuk quite a bit in this series. He's taken some runs at me. But I can't really complain (about) how he's hit me,” Sharp said. “He plays the game hard, he's pretty honest. I think every series we've been a part of things get a little bit more intense as they go along, a lot more trashing talking, physical play on both sides.”
As far as the hit on Toews, Sharp said, “there are on-ice officials, there are people watching in the stands and the NHL is reviewing all those hits. So I'll let them make their decision.”
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Quenneville also said Marian Hossa is “feeling better” from whatever kept him out of Game 3 and has still been evident in Games 4 and 5. Hossa is expected to play tomorrow night.
As for the Bruins, they’re dealing with an injured top-line center of their own. Patrice Bergeron suffered an undisclosed injury in the second period of Game 5 and went to the hospital via ambulance during the third period. Bergeron traveled back here with the team this morning and coach Claude Julien called him day-to-day with a “body” injury. Julien was hesitant to give many more details.
“He’s day-to-day, and day-to-day is really good news to me, anyway,” said Julien, who added he may have to move some players around if their stellar center cannot go. “If it’s not Bergie, I’m going to look for the right fit, and I may have to juggle some players around. That will happen more tomorrow when we find out more about Bergie.”