The Chicago Blackhawks are currently dealing with a serious injury to forward Patrick Kane, and they're even further behind the eight-ball right now after captain Jonathan Toews left the team's game on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
While chasing a puck along the boards, Toews stretched out to play it, and then he was absolutely levelled by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. No penalty was called on the play, but Toews immediately jumped to his feet and skated back to the bench while holding his arm. He went down into the dressing room shortly thereafter, and has not come back onto the ice.
Here is a video of the hit:
As the third period got underway, Toews was still not on the bench, and the team announced that he would be out for the remainder of the night:
Jonathan Toews out for the game. #Blackhawks
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) March 31, 2014
After the game, head coach Joel Quenneville told the media that Toews was "day-to-day," and he did not think that the injury was serious. His tone was a lot different than it was when he discussed Patrick Kane's injury a few weeks ago, when he told the media that the winger "would miss some time." The Hawks don't play again until Thursday against the Minnesota Wild, so Toews does have a few days to rest up if it's just a bruise or general soreness.