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Jonathan Toews featured in ‘Are you Men’s Health Fit?’ feature

It almost seems like Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby are in some kind of cosmic game of “H-O-R-S-E.”

Crosby became the youngest captain to ever win a Stanley Cup, then Toews became the second youngest. They both won a gold medal together for Team Canada, with Crosby scoring the gold medal winning goal while Toews was named one of the tournament’s most outstanding forwards. He also topped Crosby in playoff-related follicle growth, as Toews’ formidable sideburns easily bested Crosby’s peach fuzz facial hair.

It looks like Toews followed in one of Crosby’s marketing footsteps, too, as Men’s Health magazine spotlighted the “speed machine” and his workout techniques in its November issue. Toews was featured along with three other professional athletes:  Francisco 49ers’ linebacker Patrick Willis*, UFC fighter Josh Koscheck and Ironman world champion Craig Alexander.

Toews provided Men’s Health with this illuminating quote about his training regimen.

“My training won’t necessarily make me look more muscular,” he says, “but it means I can control my body better than anyone else on the ice. In the end that’s what matters.”

I don’t know, Toews, there are some NHL commercials in which Crosby is catching a medicine ball while keeping his balance on what looks like a skateboard. That sure looks a lot like the kind of workout Toews was working on here:

(click to enlarge, both images via Men’s Health.)

Perhaps the photos of a ripped Toews will help to erase some of the comic damage of those hilarious shots of bare chested Patrick Kane and John Madden carrying on with some Vancouver women in a limo. After all, when you’re fitness level is strong enough to get you featured alongside an NFL linebacker, UFC fighter and Ironman competitor you must be doing something right.

Maybe enough so that even Crosby might be getting a little jealous.

* – Is it me, or does Willis vaguely resemble Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens?

Watch the Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp tribute video

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Over the years, the Chicago Blackhawks have been forced to let some important players leave to keep their core together, which ultimately meant parting ways with Patrick Sharp.

The talented winger now wears a Dallas Stars jersey, so Blackhawks fans must face the reality of watching Sharp ply his trade for a formidable Central Division opponent.

Even if that might feel awkward, Blackhawks fans gave Sharp (and Johnny Oduya) a warm reception in Chicago on Thursday.

CSNChicago.com provides video of that ovation, which you can see in the clip above.

The Stars currently lead the Blackhawks 4-2, thanks in large part to Patrick … Eaves.

Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick

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Death, taxes and Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.

OK, the third thing on that list isn’t technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.

It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.

This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.

One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.

Bylsma believes league will look at Gudas’ hit on Catenacci

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Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.

At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.

“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”

As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:

Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.

The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.

Fight video: Patrice Bergeron vs. Blake Wheeler (seriously)

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Regular Selke winner Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.

That was the unlikely scene during Thursday’s Boston Bruins – Winnipeg Jets skirmish, as Bergeron fought fellow finesse forward Blake Wheeler.

Perhaps unusual feisty behavior was just in the air, as Tyler Myers squared off with Matt Beleskey.

(Not as unlikely, but still.)