Jonathan Toews Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Star's Status

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 22, 2013

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was injured in the second period of Game 5 in the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins after a crushing hit by Johnny Boychuk Saturday night.

UPDATE: Monday, June 24, at 8:10 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Not a surprise, but Jonathan Toews is officially in the lineup for tonight's contest vs. Boston, per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

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UPDATE: Monday, June 24, at 12:10 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus and CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers have the latest on Jonathan Toews' status for tonight's game against the Bruins. 

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UPDATE: Monday, June 24, at 11:30 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for Blackhawks fans as Jonathan Toews is attending this morning's skate-around as Game 6 approaches, the team posted on Instagram.

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 23, at 10:40 a.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Ian Mendes, TV reporter for Sportsnet and writer for The Ottawa Citizen, has good news from Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville about the status of Jonathan Toews.

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 23, at 10:40 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

TSN's Bob McKenzie has the latest on Johnny Boychuk's hit on Jonathan Toews:

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 23, at 12:50 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Chicago Tribune reporter Chris Kuc reports that the NHL will look at Boychuk's hit:

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 22, at 11:51 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford writer Dan Rosen reports important information regarding Toews' status for Game 6:

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Lazerus got Johnny Boychuk's take on the hit :

While TSN's Darren Dreger added a few more details regarding Toews' status:

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 22, at 11:31 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't rule out a concussion for his captain, according to Jesse Spector of the Sporting News

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Toews did return to the game later in the second period, but didn't return to the ice after the second intermission, as Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune noted.

ESPN hockey writer Pierre LeBrun reported after Game 5 that the NHL would take a closer look at the controversial play.

The 25-year-old center was right in front of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask with the puck after weaving through Boston's defense when he was blindsided by the Bruins defenseman . No penalty was called on the play, but it was a questionable hit to say the least.

Boychuk succeeded in stopping Toews' attack, but he led with his elbows, and it's hard to tell whether he made initial contact with Toews' shoulders or his head. One thing is certain: The NHL will be dissecting the play in the coming days. 

The Blackhawks captain struggled offensively throughout the beginning of Chicago's postseason run, but has turned things around as of late. His first goal of the Stanley Cup came in Chicago's Game 4 victory Wednesday night, which snapped a 10-game scoreless streak. 

Chicago isn't short in the star-power department, but Toews is arguably their most valuable player and it's possible that Quenneville kept his captain out of the third period as a precaution. Up 2-0 at the time of the injury, Chicago managed to hold on to victory. 

Toews has two goals and eight assists on the postseason and won the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward in the regular season. He led the Blackhawks to the NHL's best record at 36-7-5.

As the series shifts back to Boston with the Blackhawks holding the 3-2 lead, Jonathan Toews' status  will be one of the biggest storylines to follow.