NHL Playoffs 2012: Chicago Loses 3-2 In Overtime To Phoenix

After a last-second goal got them into overtime, but the Chicago Blackhawks lost 3-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Blackhawks Vs. Coyotes: C Jonathan Toews To Play In Game 1

Chris Kuc of The Chicago Tribune reports the Chicago Blackhawks will indeed have their star center in Thursday's opening to the 2012 NHL Playoffs:

Jonathan Toews played only 59 games for the Blackhawks in the 2011-12 NHL Season, but still finished the year tied for second on the team with 29 goals. The 23-year-old captain has missed the last 22 with what is believed to be concussion symptoms.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Toews begin their match against the Phoenix Coyotes at 9:00 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.

For more from the Blackhawks perspective, check in with SB Nation Chicago and Second City Hockey. For more from the Coyotes perspective, check in with Five For Howling and SB Nation Phoenix.

For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, stick with SB Nation's NHL hub. You can find team-by-team coverage from our network of hockey blogs.

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Jonathan Toews Injury: Blackhawks Captain A Game-Time Decision For Playoffs Opener

The Chicago Blackhawks have not had their captain, C Jonathan Toews, since late February. The star center has dealt with concussion issues for several months now and hopes to return in time for the Blackhawks' playoff opener against the Phoenix Coyotes.

According to The Chicago Tribune, Toews participated with the first line in practice, but remains a game-time decision. Toews spoke with the media, sharing his eagerness to get back on the ice, but cautious approach with his injury:

"It’s playoff time now and especially these last few games you don’t really know what to expect from other teams in the regular season, especially teams that aren’t going to be in the playoffs. We wanted to kind of err on the cautious side by me not playing. I think I’m feeling a little more confident that Thursday might be the day but we’ll see when that time comes."

The Blackhawks begin their NHL Playoffs Schedule on Thursday against the Coyotes.

For more on the playoffs, stick with SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the Blackhawks, visit Second City Hockey. For more news, notes and analysis around the league head over to SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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