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Younger Toews trying to make his mark with Hawks

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Younger Toews trying to make his mark with Hawks

Monday, Sept. 19, 2011
Posted: 1:54 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com Blackhawks InsiderFollow @TraMyersCSN
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David Toews wasnt about to give older brother Jonathan any credit.

The Blackhawks newest acquisition missed on a scoring chance on training camps opening day. Jonathan said he lifted his little brothers stick. David saw it different.

Im not giving him credit for getting a stick on me, said David, who did score during Sundays scrimmage at Johnnys Icehouse. It was my fault I bobbled the puck. I had a good chance there.

For the Toews brothers, this training camp is a chance to hang out -- David is staying with Jonathan -- and compete against each other on the ice. For David, its a chance to find his niche somewhere in the organization; and to make his mark as himself, not Jonathan Toews younger brother.

Obviously there are going to be high expectations, David said. There was a loud cheer going out there (on Saturday) and I didnt make the shot I wanted to. I just have to come back out and work harder and adjust what I can be better at.

David Toews played with the Brandon Wheat Kings last season, tallying 20 goals -- including nine on the power play -- and 28 assists. His arrival here was met with plenty of excitement, given the last name. But general manager Stan Bowman said Friday that David needs to be judged on his own merit.

He has the same last name but its not really fair to make comparisons Bowman said. Hes here to earn a job. Hes still young, still in that group of players; we have a lot in that age category trying to establish themselves in that process.

Jonathan is enjoying the time with David, including their on-ice competitions.

We hardly see each other in the winter so maybe this is an opportunity where thatll change, Jonathan said. But its just good to have him here, I know hell get a good opportunity to show what he can do here.

Breaking into the Blackhawks lineup is certainly daunting this season, given how many veterans they added this summer. But David Toews will do what he can to find his place in the organization.

Its a different situation, a little tougher, but you have to be ready for whatever comes at you, David said. Im happy to be here but Im obviously here for business reasons, too. I want to have a good impression on the people watching.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

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Four takeaways: Blackhawks suffer first regulation loss, but Corey Crawford looks sharp in season debut

Four takeaways: Blackhawks suffer first regulation loss, but Corey Crawford looks sharp in season debut

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on Thursday:

1. Return of the Crow

The Blackhawks got their man back between the pipes after a 10-month layoff due to a concussion. And he looked like same old "Crow."

Crawford stopped 27 of 30 shots for a save percentage of .900. He faced 12 shots and eight scoring chances in the first period, but nothing too out of the ordinary. The biggest save he made was on a Michael Grabner breakaway in the third period, bailing out a turnover in the neutral zone.

"I think I felt better in the second and third," Crawford said. "But they really didn’t get that many opportunities early. It was nice. I think they flipped one in for the first one, so that was kind of good just to get in it and feel one early. We were close in that one all game and we created a lot. I thought [Antti] Raanta played really well.

"It was a tough, tough break at the end. Still felt I should have stopped that one. We were right there, we were creating a lot and gotta try to come up with that one. Just gotta forget about it and worry about the next game."

2. Alex DeBrincat, Jonathan Toews extend point streaks

The hot start continues for the Blackhawks' two leading scorers, both of whom assisted on Erik Gustafsson's goal in the second period to stretch their point streaks to six games. DeBrincat and Toews each have 10 points this season.

3. Overtime streak ends

The Blackhawks made history by forcing five straight overtime games to start the season, something no team has ever done in the four major sports (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB). But they didn't have the comeback magic in them this time.

Entering Thursday, the Blackhawks were 1-0-1 when trailing after two periods. They were 5-28-2 last season for a win percentage of .143.

4. Familiar faces, new places

Five former Blackhawks took the ice for the Coyotes: Vinnie Hinostroza, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jordan Oesterle, Richard Panik and Antti Raanta.

It was Hjalmarsson's first trip back to Chicago since being traded in the 2017 offseason. He received a nice video tribute during the second TV timeout of the first period, which made him very emotional.

"I almost got emotional too seeing his reaction," Toews said. "He's one of those guys you'll never forget what he meant to this locker room. He was a quiet guy in the room but we all know how he played and put everyone else before himself. Pretty cool reaction from the fans too. I think we were all sad to see him leave this locker room, he did a lot of special things and was a massive part of our championship wins. Happy for him to get that reception. It's well-deserved and obviously we miss having him around."

As far as the game, Hjalmarsson logged a team-high 22:18 of ice time and blocked three shots. Oesterle registered a secondary assist on Arizona's first goal, which was its first 5-on-5 of the season.

Hinostroza, who was also part of the Marian Hossa trade over the summer, scored twice in his return to his hometown, beating Crawford with a wrist shot to make it 2-1 in the second period and an empty-netter in the third; his second goal turned out to be the game winner, the fourth of his career and first as a member of the Coyotes.

Panik recorded four shot attempts (three on goal). And Raanta improved to 16-0-3 in his career at the United Center, a remarkable record for any goaltender in any situation.