From Jason Botchford, this post-game quote from Jonathan Toews is rather odd and inflammatory:

Everyone wants to look at the stats all year and talk about what [the Canucks] do well and how good of a team they are. That’s whats frustrating. We’re not exposing them for what they really are. I think a lot of people outside this locker room are giving them too much credit. Maybe we are as well. We know that we can be a better team and we just haven’t shown it yet.

Really? The owners of the best record during the regular season are getting too much credit? The best offense and the best defense in the entire NHL are getting too much credit? The team that has a 3-0 lead in their playoff series against you is getting too much credit? The President’s Trophy winners that 3 out of 7 NHL.com “experts” picked to lose this series are getting too much credit?

Yes, people are looking at the stats and talking about what the Canucks do well and how good they are. That is because the stats are impressive, the Canucks do a lot of things well, and they are very good. Toews’ claim that the Blackhawks are not exposing the Canucks “for what they really are” is a joke. There were 82-games during the regular season for teams to expose the Canucks “for what they really are.” As it turns out, they were exposed as the best team in the NHL during the regular season.

It’s hard to take Toews seriously. The Canucks have been the better team overall in this series. The Blackhawks have had moments on the ice where they are the better team, but they have yet to be the better team for a full 6o minutes. Until they do, it’s probably best if Toews keeps his sour grapes to himself and away from the Canucks’ bulletin board.

 

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25 comments

  1. peanutflower
    April 18, 2011

    hahahahahaha. did he really say this? kid needs a smack upside the head. I’ll qualify that just so I don’t jinx the series and say that there have been lapses of concentration (coughrafficough) but seriously, Captain Serious? Seriously?

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  2. Andrew
    April 18, 2011

    The other thing that bothered me about Toews comments last night is he apparently has taken time off from playing in this series (how else can you explain his lack of production) to take mind reading lessons as he knew that Torres was out to hurt Seabrook.

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  3. Schneider's Teeth
    April 18, 2011

    Another enjoyable quote:

    ‘‘His reputation speaks for itself,’’ captain Jonathan Toews said. ‘‘He’s not just going in there to make a play; he’s trying to hurt one of our players. To us, that’s pretty obvious.’’

    (from http://www.suntimes.com/sports/4888863-419/torres-public-enemy-no.-1)

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  4. Choderama
    April 18, 2011

    For a smart guy, pretty dumb comments. He was just mad and bitter after a demoralizing loss. Nothing he said made sense. It’s also super ironic coming from the leader of a team who backed into the playoffs that required another team getting upset to even get in… not to mention being down 3-0 in the series – and in the 1st two games being down 2-0 to start from a much more talented and hard-working Canucks.

    If anything, the Canucks were underrated going into the playoffs for how they dominated the league – All these “this years’ Washington” and “the Canucks are in tough against a loose Cup Champion team” predictions….. I picked Canucks in 5 in my pool (which I thought was a tad overzealous, but now it looks like it’d be atleast that, if not in 4)

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  5. peanutflower
    April 18, 2011

    hey, what’s with Ian McIntyre’s story being yanked? I wanted to read that.

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  6. KF91
    April 18, 2011

    Sounds like Captain Serious needs a reality check… If the Hawks haven’t proved by now that they are a better team than the Canucks this year, maybe it’s time to admit defeat and move on with their lives.

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  7. Erik
    April 18, 2011

    I think Toews (and the rest of the team) are still gobsmacked at being down 3-0 in the series. Last year they tasted the biggest high in hockey, and this year, they’re getting rumbled, and wondering where it all went wrong. Yeah, those are dumb, ill-considered statements, but I’m not going to tear a strip off of him for them. I’ll let the Canucks do the talking in Game 4.

    Also good to see the Canucks take the high-road here. They’re treating the BH with the same respect (at least in comments to the media) that they should that they have since Game 1.

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  8. DanD
    April 18, 2011

    That’s a classic frustration comment. I think he’s still living in last year, where the Canucks were exposed as undisciplined and lacking depth. He clearly missed the fact that both the Canucks and his team have changed significantly. It’s just that the Canucks have changed for the better.

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  9. cinnamon teal
    April 18, 2011

    Captain Delirious

    With lucky goals and flukey saves
    Canucks upset poor Johnny Toews
    I wonder how annoyed you’ll be
    If losing Tuesday in OT

    As you can’t score when five on three
    When up by one you must agree
    It’s not the ‘Nucks you’ve overrated
    See what I’ve just understated

    The Hawks are simply not that good
    And nor are you it’s understood
    Two assists your contribution
    That is truly Lilliputian

    Best shut your mouth and come to play
    For no one cares what you’ve to say

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  10. Pilsnerpunk
    April 18, 2011

    I think he meant to say “Everyone wants to look at the stats all year and talk about how bad the Blackhawks are. That’s whats frustrating. We’re exposing ourselves as what we really are. I think a lot of people outside this locker room are giving us too much credit. Maybe we are as well. We know that they are a better team and we’re showing that. “

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  11. g_bassi13
    April 18, 2011

    In the past few years, I’ve had to hear about all the “class”, that this guy exudes. Now after losing his nerve in game, chirping to the refs after already receiving 4 first period powerplays, and this statement, I have to read that this guy is just a frustrated competitor that is simply trying to rally his troops. Something along the lines of “excuse this man, for no wrong that occurs can be his fault.” That is a load of bull. It’s all just whining from a sore loser, that is disappointed events this year haven’t unfolded as in the last 2. He shown a lack of respect for his opponents who have done nothing but given praise to him and his team.

    I have a particular problem with the “expose them for what they are” statement. That is one that is really loaded. Is he calling them overachievers, a team of goons, or is he just clinging to the thought that the Canucks were supposed to be the Blackhaws perennial punching bag. Perhaps he believes all 3. All I know is that the only team that is getting exposed for what they are is the Blackhawks.

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  12. HawksChamps2010
    April 18, 2011

    About time Vancouver started playing some hockey. Man, the last two years of getting their butt kicked against the Hawks seems to finally have stirred them up. Don’t get me wrong though, they may beat the DEFENDING CHAMPS but they are not gonna win the cup. They are the same hair pulling (burrows), cheap shot (torres), cry baby (luongo, kesler…….I guess take your pick on this one) losers that they have been the last few years. Led by their inept coach, they will surely fail, so grab some popcorn and watch the dismantling happen – can’t wait!

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  13. ChazzRanger
    April 18, 2011

    Exposing the Canucks for what they really are? Looks like they’re the team that’s handing you your own ass, Toews. And it’s pretty fair to say the Canucks have been playing conservatively, they’re clearly saving the higher gears for a deep run.

    Can’t blame him though, obviously mentally and physically drained, frustrated and somewhat humiliated. I like Toews, so I feel for him. Hopefully the Nucks can put him out of his misery on Tuesday…

    No more poetry from Chicken Hawk? What gives? ;)

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  14. whisky jack
    April 18, 2011

    blackhawk hypocrisy:

    “Hits like that, I’m usually the first guy to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, but in this situation I just look at the player making the hit and his intent,” Patrick Sharp said. “He played eight or nine minutes, and I don’t think he touched the puck. His job out there is to create big hits.”

    And John Scott was inserted why?

    whisky jack

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  15. mongo
    April 18, 2011

    he is a ‘toban. what do u expect?

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  16. HawksChamps2010
    April 18, 2011

    John Scott did not give a cheap shot unlike raffi. Now if he would’ve retaliated and blatantly labeled one of your c-men twins than you would be able to make a logical point, but he didn’t and you don’t. You are not comparing apples to apples here whisky “don’t know” jack

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  17. JS Topher
    April 18, 2011

    I love how while the Hawks were on their upswing over the past few years, everyone celebrated what a fine young captain Toews was. How he was all business and so classy and yada yada yada. Of course he was classy, they were winning! The true test of a great captain is how he presents himself and revs up the team while they’re on a losing team, a la Sundin, Iggy or Linden. Another thing that was equally as annoying as it was delightful, was Kane’s look of defeat throughout most of game 3. It was like a 3rd grader who had just peed his pants. Eat a piece of humble pie and have your mommy change your diaper.

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  18. Rachael
    April 18, 2011

    Meanwhile, I constantly hear the Canucks mention/respect the fact that the Blackhawks are the reigning Stanley Cup champions in interviews, even though the team has changed since last year. Interesting perspectives from both sides.

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  19. Nat
    April 18, 2011

    Meh, I’m not bothered by the comments. He’s just really frustrated to be down 3-0 to a bitter rival, and at a loss for how to explain it. I do think he’s living in the past a little bit though, or maybe he’s simply trying to distract the media from the obvious: the Hawks simply aren’t as good this year.

    He’s a terrific player and captain, who’s having to speak for a team that’s in a tough position. Not surprising really.

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  20. Captain Hindsight
    April 22, 2011

    You probably should have wrote this article and held onto it for about four days… then given what has happened swiftly deleted the article. Clearly far too arrogant and not very hockey smart. Just a terrible ‘article’.

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  21. Bob Cooley
    April 24, 2011

    What a difference a few days make, huh? John’s comments don’t seem quite so ludicrous now, do they?

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  22. Vancouver Foot Collector
    April 24, 2011

    WHat do you chumps say now? I guess he was right. You’ll lose the series tonight. 1st time in modern NHL playoff history they’ll advance a team with 3 wins. Vancouver once again exposed as the most mentally fragile team in sports. The whole team went Rick Rypien.

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  23. The Nucks Curse
    April 26, 2011

    Hindsight is 20-20 eh bud? On the verge of game 7 I feel like they exposed them for exactly that. A team playing in a division with the 29th and 30th place team and another that didn’t make the playoffs. Washington all over again. I just hope you guys just don’t go all Montreal and wreck that picturesque city of yours.

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    • sunedit
      April 26, 2011

      This is Vancouver. We don’t follow the American example.

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