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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From The Weekend Games

By Gail Kauchak
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1.  Toews the new goon?  Here’s one final nugget from the weekend.  The Chicago Blackhawks’ team captain is a top player, and has never been associated with fighting.  As a matter of fact, he had only been in three fights in his entire NHL career, until last Thursday night.

Toews dropped the gloves with New Jersey Devils’ Adam Henrique on Thursday, and then only two days later got into another fight with St. Louis Blues’ player, David Backes.  With Backes it was definitely warranted; he pounded both Hossa and Hjalmarsson into the boards before the altercation took place.     

My meathead hockey co-worker thinks the Chicago Blackhawks are missing an enforcer, so Toews is forced to take matters into his own hands.  The hubby thinks someone taught Toews how to fight over the summer, so now he wants to show off his new skill.

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Whatever the case may be, Toews seems to have a new dimension to his game.   It might get the team fired up, but it also comes at the price.  Obviously, Toews could get hurt.  And he’s also racking up the penalty minutes.  Toews has 24 penalty minutes on the season; the next closest player on the Hawks only has 15.  Here’s hoping Toews can find that balance between passion and discipline.  I have no doubt that he will.

I’d say these Chicago Blackhawks are ready to take their show on the road!  Bring on the Circus Trip!  The Hawks now have six road games in a row to round out the month of November.  First stop is Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oilers.  Rest up now.  Puck drop isn’t until 8:30 pm.  Is it Wednesday yet?!

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