But that will not stop Chicago’s destiny of winning the championship on Monday.
The Blackhawks lead the series 3-2 over the Bruins, and with Game 6 Monday night at TD Garden in Boston, Chicago will close the door on the series whether Toews plays a role in the outcome of the game or not.
Toews was hurt late in the second period of Game 5, and while he was able to avoid heading to the locker room immediately, he did not play in the third period despite being on the bench. As devastating as losing their captain was, the Blackhawks took care of business and won the game.
While Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville originally listed Toews as day-to-day following the injury, he told Tracey Myers of CSNChicago Sunday that his star center was improving and likely to play in Game 6:
Q on Toews: "He's much better today. We're optimistic he'll play tomorrow." #Blackhawks— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) June 23, 2013
For the naysayers that still have doubts about Toews’ availability on Monday, Myers is reporting on the captain’s game-day routine with the team:
Jonathan Toews here for morning skate. #blackhawks— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) June 24, 2013
It will be great news for the Blackhawks if Toews is ready to go, but just as the team was able to win in Game 5 without the captain in the third period, Chicago could do it again in Game 6 if needed.
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With different role players each stepping up in Toews' absence to fill the void he left in the third period, it’s clear that the Blackhawks have the depth and talent to close out the Bruins in six games.
Even if the upper-body injury limits Toews offensively, he has proven to be much more valuable on the forecheck during the playoffs.
Toews may not be 100 percent, but with a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup, nothing will keep the captain from hitting the ice Monday night.