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Video: Jonathan Toews hit by Johnny Boychuk; status uncertain for Game 6

Jonathan Toews‘ status for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins is uncertain after the Blackhawks center was beat in Game 5 to the point that he missed the third period because of injury.

Toews was quiet in the first three games of the Cup Finals, but he scored in the high-scoring Game 4 affair, and he assisted on two Patrick Kane goals before sitting out the third with an upper-body injury in Game 5.
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The B’s play tough hockey, and they seemed to go especially hard on Toews. Zdeno Chara nailed the center twice with shots to the head (pictured), and Dennis Seidenberg also leveled him. But the hardest hit of all — the one many believe contributed most to Toews’ injury problems — was a nasty hit by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

Boychuk said after the game that he doesn’t think he’ll be suspended because he believes his hit was clean.

“He was cutting to the net and I came across and read it and hit him,” Boychuk said, via NHL.com “Tried to hit him clean. I thought it was. I don’t know how he fell, awkwardly, or how he fell; but I’m going to try and play physical. He’s going to drive the net like he’s supposed to and I’m going to hit. … He was bending forward so (I) was just trying to stop him from going to the net.”

The Blackhawks are hopeful Toews will be ready for Game 6 on Monday.

“We’re hopeful he’ll be ready next game, upper-body,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after the game. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. I checked on him a couple times there. I think he wanted to play, but we’ll see.”

Here is video of Quenneville’s comments on Toews:

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Daniel Paille scores winning goal for Bruins in overtime (Video)

Daniel Paille scored at 13:48 in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, evening their series. The teams went to overtime for the second straight game, but this one ended two periods before Game 1.

After being out-shot 19-4 and falling behind 1-0 in the first period, the Bruins scored the equalizer in the second on Chris Kelly’s goal, which marked his first point of the postseason. Boston had more shots on goal than Chicago in each period after the first including overtime, where they controlled the puck and had a number of great chances, including a Jaromir Jagr shot that hit off the post.

Paille finally put a wrister past Corey Crawford after getting a nice pass from Tyler Seguin following Chicago’s turnover. The goal left Blackhawks fans with a similar reaction:

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Dave Bolland gives Brad Marchand a fake tough guy move (GIF)

Dave Bolland Brad MarchandChicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland was called for tripping early in the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and he didn’t exit the ice without trying to gain the upper hand on Brad Marchand.

Marchand drew the penalty, and Bolland gave him the old “make him flinch” move before being escorted to the penalty box. Marchand appeared to call Bolland an a–hole for pulling the fake tough guy charade.

Sorry, Bolland, but do you really think that middle school move is going to work on the Noseface Killah? Not a chance.

GIF via Erik Malinowski

Mike Milbury: Jaromir Jagr can’t skate in this series

NBC Sports NHL analyst Mike Milbury is known for his negative commentary, and he went after Jaromir Jagr during the first intermission of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday while the Boston Bruins were down 1-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jagr, who was acquired by the Bruins during the regular season, has been a postseason disappointment. Though he registered nine points in 11 regular-season games with the B’s, Jagr has failed to score a goal in 17 playoff games. He does have seven assists, three of which came during the Eastern Conference Finals sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But the 41-year-old has been noticeably slow on the ice, which is something Milbury focused on in his analysis.

Jaromir Jagr“He can’t skate in this series. They gotta get him off of this line. If he can do something when he gets the puck standing still, fine. But he can’t forecheck, he can’t participate with this line. He turned the puck over repeatedly. He can’t get anything going here. They can’t sustain anything with him on this line.

“Absolutely lazy in a Stanley Cup Finals … that to me is a guy that is too tired to play in this final. That is a guy that has to be replaced.”

People may not like Milbury’s confrontational style, but it’s hard to disagree with him. Fans have been waiting for Jagr to score in the playoffs and he just hasn’t done it. He is 41, was given the morning skate off, and you can tell he is slower. That doesn’t mean he’s useless, it just means he’s not “Jaromir Jagr” anymore.

Fan suffers nasty cuts after taking puck to the face at Stanley Cup

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If you thought the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins were exhausted and in pain after playing well into a third overtime in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, have a look at Dr. Patricia Higgins. Toward the end of regulation on Wednesday night, Johnny Boychuck ripped the puck from center ice into the Bruins’ zone and it was deflected into the stands. From there, it found Higgins’ face.

According to CBS Chicago, Higgins suffered severe lacerations on her forehead and nose and was left with two black eyes. She reportedly underwent successful surgery on Thursday morning and is resting at home, where she is expected to make a full recovery.

To make matters worse, Higgins didn’t even get to keep the puck. It supposedly skipped into the row in front of where she was sitting and was scooped up by another fan.

Players taking pucks to the face is an all-too-common occurrence, but Higgins’ injury is an unfortunate reminder that the same thing can happen to the audience. The protective netting can only do so much. Hopefully Higgins’ experience won’t discourage her from attending games in the future.

Photo via Twitter/FOX 32 News

Andrew Shaw winning goal was deflected twice (Video)

Andrew-Shaw-Game-1-goalGame 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks was one of the longest games in NHL playoff history. The two teams played well into a third overtime before 21-year-old center Andrew Shaw put himself in a perfect position to deflect a puck past Tuukka Rask.

Shaw was actually the second player to deflect the puck, as defenseman Michal Rozsival snapped a shot from the point that was tipped first by Dave Bolland and then Shaw.

Both teams were visibly exhausted after playing more than 110 minutes of hockey. The Bruins had a number of scoring chances throughout the three overtime periods, but Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made several timely stops to keep his team alive with 54 saves. Rask was equally effective with 59 saves on 63 shots, but the puck bounced the Blackhawks’ way in the end.

Did Andrew Shaw drop F-bomb in interview with Pierre McGuire?

Andrew ShawAndrew Shaw deflected the puck into the net for the game-winning goal in triple-overtime of the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-3 comeback win over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, and the hero kept it loose in his postgame interview with NBC’s Pierre McGuire. Maybe too loose.

McGuire asked Shaw to take him through the overtime goal. Shaw began describing what happened. He then casually let a “f—ing” slip out, it seemed.

“It was a great shot, great tip, f—ing … it was unbelievable. All the guys … we deserved this,” said Shaw.

According to FOXSports.com’s A.J. Perez, Shaw admitted after the game that he let the F-bomb slip out accidentally. He apparently said he made a “slip of the tongue” because of exhaustion.

Considering that the teams had played nearly 120 minutes of hockey, it’s hard to get too mad at him for letting down his guard. And we’re guessing that not too many youngsters heard it since it was midnight in the central time zone and 1:00 am on the East Coast by the time the game ended.

As we have learned in the past from guys like Jonathan Quick, sometimes this sort of thing just happens.

Video via Puck Daddy