It was a rough night for fans of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Not only did their team lose for the third straight game (the first time all season), but they lost their captain, Jonathan Toews, mid-way through their 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Brooks Orpik is the culprit of the hit that forced Toews from the game, a hard check in the corner that many around Chicago are calling “borderline” a day after the incident. Many were dissapointed when the NHL announced that there wouldn’t be a hearing for the check on Monday morning, saving the Penguins’ defenseman from any punishment.
Toews is day-to-day with an upper-body injury according to the team. He left the ice holding his left arm, but it is unknown if the injury is shoulder-related, or focused on the forearm.
As the Blackhawks went to the dressing room during the second period last night, many thought that they would return with a target over the head of #44 in black. However, there was no retaliation to be found. The Blackhawks went back to their skilled style of play, and pushed hard to tie the game, coming within one goal of doing so before Sidney Crosby put the game away with less than 10 minutes to go.
The questions are swirling in Chicagoland today: should the ‘Hawks have put a bounty on Orpik?
Personally, I think the Blackhawks did exactly what they should have done. In the playoffs, taking their focus off the scoreboard won’t fly, so there is no point adopting that mentality with less than 10 games in the season. In a battle of two very fast, skilled teams, the Blackhawks showed that they can keep up with one of the best teams in the East, even without their two best players in Toews, and Patrick Kane.
So, readers, it’s up to you. What do you think?
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