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Buck Up, Blackhawks Fans, Jonathan Toews Says Team Will Be Motivated For Game 4

Allow me to preface this post with the following caveat by no means am some kind of supreme savant as it pertains to the ins and outs and complexities of formulating a sound strategy by which NHL playoff series are won, not lost, but in my humble opinion, perhaps it is a far better practice to become motivated prior to getting down 3-0 in a best of seven series. Just saying.

Nevertheless, Jonathan Toews went out of his way to assure Chicago Blackhawks fan that the squad will be very motivated as they stand upon the precipice of elimination during Game 4 when they take on the Vancouver Canucks tonight at the United Center. That’s…encouraging. Toews believes that the opportunity to exact some kind of revenge – or at the very least, some payback and comeuppance – for Canucks winger Raffi Torres’ brutal hit on Brent Seabrook during Game 3 on Sunday – a violent shot which according to the NHL did not warrant a suspension – might serve as extra motivation to be, um, motivated.

Via Sporting News:

“It’s just concrete evidence of how much we dislike that team, and it’s added motivation to our situation,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told the Chicago Sun-Times, referring to the Torres hit. But “it’s not the only thing that’s going to be motivating us to play our best hockey.”

That’s probably a good thing that the thirst for revenge isn’t the only thing motivating the Blackhawks, what with the fact that if they lose, Chicago’s season will come to an abrupt and incredibly disappointing end. As I mentioned above, I’m no great genius hockey strategist, but methinks that little factoid should be considered a relevant component of why it’s a necessity for the team to be motivated tonight, as well.

Toews: Blackhawks will be motivated in Game 4 [Sporting News]