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CHICAGO — A truly glaring statistic for Chicago is the one playoff goal scored by captain Jonathan Toews. But he still carries a lot of respect for his overall game, which was rewarded Friday with the Frank J. Selke Award for being the NHL’s top defensive forward.
As for his offense, his postseason struggles are surprising. This is the same Toews who tied for the team lead with 23 goals (plus 25 assists) in the shortened regular season and had seven playoff goals when the Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup.
After practice Friday, Toews acknowledged the scoring drought was irritating following an ugly loss against Detroit in the second round as Chicago fell behind, 3-1, in that series. “That was the most frustrated I’ve felt,” he said. “Whenever you are down in a series and things aren’t looking so good that is when you are going to feel it the most.”