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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