Chicago Blackhawks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three

Toews believes Chicago will take a ‘now or never’ approach down 2-1


It’s easy to note that Jonathan Toews scored the two Chicago Blackhawks goals that mattered* and wonder if he’s the only Chicago Blackhawks player who “showed up” in a 4-3 Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, but “Captain Serious” sounded fairly optimistic after the defeat.

Maybe more precisely, Toews seems confident that the Blackhawks can respond to the challenge of falling behind 2-1 in the 2014 Western Conference finals.

Toews didn’t bury his teammates, which is understandable since Chicago actually played pretty well until the Kings clearly pulled away late in the third period.

Even so, head coach Joel Quenneville and others acknowledged the need for the Blackhawks to follow their leader.

Game 4 takes place in Los Angeles on Monday.

* – Patrick Sharp’s tally with seconds remaining really just shifted the game-winning goal credit to Drew Doughty.

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.