Chicago Blackhawks Vs. St. Louis Blues: Blackhawks Lose Game And Toews

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Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews Will Be Out Two Weeks

Yesterday, Jonathan Toews was slammed hard into the boards by Matt D’Agostini of the Blues. Only a little more than half of the first period had gone by — the Blackhawks were at full strength, with no injured players for the first time all season.

That’s all they got. Today, coach Joel Quenneville announced that Toews will miss a couple of weeks:

Quenneville didn’t say if Toews had an MRI to see if there was structural damage, but sounded confident in the two-week estimate. As for the Hawks staying in the thick of a tight Western Conference race without their on-ice leader, Quenneville said his team must share the burden.

If Toews does miss the full two weeks, he’ll miss seven games. There are only three Blackhawks besides Toews who have played in all 38 games so far this year — Duncan Keith, Troy Brouwer and Brent Seabrook.

The Hawks host the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

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Jonathan Toews Injured In Blackhawks 3-1 Loss To Blues

The Blackhawks finally got back to full strength with a 100% healthy team tonight, with the activation of Patrick Kane. With all the injuries they’ve had this year, this was the first time all season that the team was completely healthy.

The health lasted less than one period. Jonathan Toews crashed into the boards after being checked hard by the Blues’ Matt D’Agostini. His shoulder hit first. Toews skated to the Hawks bench and did not return. The team called it an “upper body injury” which would be pretty obvious, considering he hit his shoulder. It’s not known how long Toews will be out.

Jake Dowell scored the Blackhawks’ only goal of the game; team defense wasn’t very good Tuesday night as Marty Turco had to face 43 shots. He made 40 saves, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks’ winning streak ended at four.

The Blackhawks will face the Sharks at the United Center on Thursday.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. St. Louis Blues: The Return Of Patrick Kane

As Jack Brickhouse used to say, "Well, it sure could have been worse."

Patrick Kane left the ice on Dec. 5 when the Blackhawks were playing the Calgary Flames at the United Center -- a game the Hawks went on to win -- and at the time, it was stated he was out "indefintely." Nightmare scenarios of him missing months notwithstanding, Kane is back after missing only eight games -- and the Blackhawks went 5-3 in those eight games.

Riding a four-game winning streak, the Blackhawks invade Scottrade Center in St. Louis to face the Blues tonight. Marty Turco is expected to be in goal tonight again; Corey Crawford is active, but still suffering the aftereffects of the flu he suffered over the weekend, so Turco gets the start. That may cause some problems for coach Joel Quenneville, but having two good goaltenders who can both win -- not such a bad thing.

Fernando Pisani is likely to be the healthy scratch tonight; the Hawks now are 100% healthy for the first time in a long time, maybe all year.

The game begins at 7 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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