Olczyk: Passing grades for Kane, Toews in return

Olczyk: Passing grades for Kane, Toews in return
April 18, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews said they were feeling good and ready to play a strong game prior to Thursday's opening matchup against the St. Louis Blues.

Kane tallied a goal while Toews racked up two assists in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 triple-overtime loss in St. Louis. But Thursday's test couldn't have been an easy one for them, as their first night back in weeks equaled the length of nearly two full games.

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Eddie Olczyk joined CSN's David Kaplan on 87.7 The Game on Friday and gave his analysis on both players' performances.

"I would say a passing grade for both guys," Olczyk said. "I thought the compete level was certainly there, thought they both generated and created. But I thought as the game when on, you started to see a little bit of fatigue on both players. The shift lengths got a little bit shorter, and rightfully so.

"It's a work in progress. I know people don't want to hear that. But you can skate and train all you want on your own, you can practice. But until you get in that grind of playing in a game, you don't know where you are physically and condition wise. But I thought they both made an impact in the game."