Hawks winger Andrew Shaw recoils after getting smacked in the face by Vancouver defenseman Dan Hanhuis in the second period as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks March 21, 2012 at the United Center. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times
Updated: April 23, 2012 11:44AM
There’s really no predicting when Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews will return from his concussion. And even when he does return, there’s no telling how quickly he’ll return to his high standard of play.
But coach Joel Quenne-ville likened Toews’ situation Wednesday to that of Dave Bolland, who returned last postseason against the Vancouver Canucks after his bout with a concussion and made an immediate impact.
“You look back and see what [Bolland] did last year when he got back,” Quenneville said. “He’s playing Game 4 in a series against Vancouver, and he was up to speed pretty quick. He was a factor in those [last] four games.
“I don’t know how long it takes to know that you’re ready for contact or you’re ready for the pace or you’re ready to make a contribution. It’s tough to say when, and it’s tough to say how long it’s going to take when you really feel like you’re getting closer [as Toews is].”
Toews skated for a second consecutive day after suffering a setback last week when things looked positive after he took the ice four consecutive days. Is it possible that Toews, who missed his 15th game in a row, pushed himself too much early on?
“Every day you’re trying different things,” Quenne-ville said. “You push your body in different ways, and you’re testing it to see what you’re able to handle, be it on or off the ice. That’s all part of that process we’re talking about.”
Bolland missed 17 games with a concussion last season but was a huge spark when he returned. He had two goals and six points in the last four playoff games as the Hawks pushed the Canucks to seven games before falling.
“You have headaches, and you have a little bit of a relapse,” Bolland said. “You just never know when it’s going to hit you, and you wonder when you’re going to get those symptoms. You could be scot-free for a day, and the next day you think you’re going to be playing, then you get those symptoms again, so it’s a roller coaster.
“I feel for Jonny, and I hope he gets back soon.”
Forward Patrick Sharp, on hitting the 30-goal mark for the third time in his career: “It’s a significant mark. I would have liked to stay healthy all season long. But this time of year, you just want to get points as a team, and we seem to be doing that. But it feels good to hit 30.”
In and out
Veteran Jamal Mayers missed the game with an illness. Center Brendan Morrison returned to the Hawks’ lineup after being a healthy scratch in 10 consecutive games. Morrison, who spent most of his career with the Canucks, centered the fourth line and saw time on the penalty kill.
Defenseman Nick Leddy played after sitting out most of the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday after enduring a tough hit into the boards.