Toews shakes off aches to compete with Flyers
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com
Jonathan Toews was banged up but felt good enough to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers, and that’s all that mattered.
‘‘I look it at two ways — either you’re good enough to go, or you’re not,’’ said Toews, who played 19:45 and was a minus-2 in the loss. ‘‘I felt I was fine. Everyone along the season and in the playoffs, you play with something here and there.’’
Toews said he suffered a lower-body injury in a collision during the victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. He sat out most of the final 10 minutes of that game but said the injury wasn’t serious.
‘‘I just wanted to make sure it was something I [could] take care of and be ready for [Sunday],’’ Toews said. ‘‘There was only about five minutes left [in Saturday’s victory] with a three-goal lead. You just want to be smart and not make it worse.
‘‘I’m not making any excuses, just like the rest of the guys in this room don’t. Whether you’re playing with something or you’re 100 percent, it doesn’t matter what you feel like. You have to find a way to produce.’’
Long time coming
When Marian Hossa beat the Flyers’ Sergei Bobrovsky with a wrist shot at 6:49 in the third period, it was the Hawks’ first conversion of penalty shot at home since Troy Murray did it on Dec. 30, 1987.
‘‘I tried to get an angle and found in an opening in the five-hole,’’ Hossa said. ‘‘A few months ago, [Murray] reminded us he was the last guy.’’
Hossa was given the penalty shot after Braydon Coburn covered the puck in the crease with his glove.
‘‘All of a sudden, the puck disappeared, and I didn’t see where,’’ Hossa said.
Enforcer John Scott was back in the lineup Sunday after being a healthy scratch in eight of the Hawks’ last nine games. Jack Skille was a last-minute healthy scratch.
It was clear coach Joel Quenneville was anticipating some scraps against the edgy Flyers, especially with goon Dan Carcillo playing while James van Riemsdyk misses time with a lower-body injury. Jake Dowell fought Carcillo in the second period, bloodying him with a good left. Bryan Bickell got into it with Scott Hartnell in the first period. Scott played 6:46.