In the heat of overtime, Jonathan Toews felt it was time. He would be the one to extend the Blackhawks' season another day. And then he didn't. And that made Game 6 like the five that preceded it, as the perturbed captain has had his chances but has yet to score in the series one year after amassing 29 points in 22 playoff games to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. "I don't know what to say," Toews said. "We won the game, it's as frustrating as ever. It could've been worse if we didn't find a way to win that game. I gotta stick with it. I felt at the end maybe I was going to get the big one, but it doesn't matter." Most likely, this is a product of being matched against Selke Trophy finalist Ryan Kesler, who also is goal-free. Toews and Kesler combined for 73 regular-season tallies but have none in the postseason — two well-rounded, two-way centers essentially neutralizing each other. "Give both guys credit, because I know both guys are very competitive and they bring a lot to their teams," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "What you see in playoffs is sometimes guys that are expected to score don't always get on the board, but they do other things for their teams." Nevertheless, there is one thing Toews desperately wants to do after another couple of chances on the doorstep came and went in Game 6.
Toews still hasn't lit lamp in playoffs
Chicago Tribune | Apr 26