Hawks Notes: Emery keeps starting role, Toews sports a shiner

Hawks Notes: Emery keeps starting role, Toews sports a shiner
February 16, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Ray Emery earned another victory in another solid start on Friday night. And with Corey Crawford still sidelined, the Blackhawks will look to Emery again on Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Emery stopped 27 of 28 in the Blackhawks’ 4-1 victory over San Jose -- his fourth victory in as many starts. Crawford, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, did not practice with the team at Soldier Field on Saturday and will not be available on Sunday.

Coach Joel Quenneville said there’s been no change in the status of Crawford, who practiced with the team on Thursday, but didn’t feel well afterward. Crawford took a knee to the head late in Tuesday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

For Emery, the start brings mixed emotions.

“It’s nice to play consistently; as a goalie you want to play as often as you can,” he said. “But you don’t want it to happen when another guy’s hurting.”

Toews “shines”

Jonathan Toews had a purple-hued right eye and a swollen lip at Saturday’s skate, his “prizes” from a first-period fight he started with San Jose captain Joe Thornton. Toews said he felt it was something he had to do after the game on Friday night, and he stood by that the next day.

“There are times you have to assert yourself, stand up for yourself, and that’s all it was,” said Toews, who took a late shot from Thornton in a Feb. 10 game last season.

Toews was sidelined with a concussion a few games after that.

Asked if he was upset about that hit, and if what Thornton did led to his injury, Toews said, “I’m never going to make anything personal. I know it’s not. But when there’s stuff going on, whether it’s after the whistle or during the game, too, I want to play my game. And if I have someone on me all the time, I guess I just have to stand up for myself.”

Fun with Toews

Jonathan Toews’ teammates were still having fun with him and his post-fight face. Especially Patrick Sharp, who was asked about Toews’ shiner from the fight.

“Either that, or he was putting some of his girlfriend’s makeup on,” Sharp said with a laugh. “Black eye, fat lip, it’s a good look for him. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fight last night. It was entertaining. Going to be funny to see him walking around with a black eye for a while.”


** Daniel Carcillo continues to improve, coach Joel Quenneville said. But Carcillo will not play Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.

** Steve Montador (concussion) and Rostislav Olesz (knee) continue to skate on their own.