Toews: “Tonight we wouldn’t be denied”


Some people roll their eyes at all that’s been made of Jonathan Toews’ leadership qualities – or the concept in general – but it was pretty hard to argue with his results in Game 5. His top shelf overtime game-winner drew the Chicago Blackhawks’ deficit to 3-2 thanks to a 2-1 OT win against the Phoenix Coyotes, and as he said at the presser, there might have been a sense of destiny. (If you believe in that kind of thing, too.)

“They haven’t given us much this series, but tonight we wouldn’t be denied,” Toews said.

Nick Leddy scored the game-tying goal, yet an earlier missed opportunity adds a little extra weight to this comment, via Adam Jahns.

“It was long overdue,” Leddy said. “It felt great to tie it back up. Last game was kind of a downer.”

Losing such a close series would have been an even bigger downer. If the Blackhawks can keep up their timely scoring, they might have two or more blood pressure-increasing games left.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.