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Friday, May 24, 2013
Blackhawks captain remains optimistic

By Scott Powers

Jimmy Howard
Jonathan Toews remains confident and focused on beating Jimmy Howard in G5.
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews plans to be optimistic until the end.

That end could come Saturday, but Toews is still hoping the Blackhawks can regain their form and rally from three consecutive losses and a 3-1 series deficit to the Detroit Red Wings in their Western Conference semifinal series.

"What's there to be down about?" Toews said Friday. "We're obviously not where we want to be in the series, but dwelling on that and feeling sorry for ourselves isn't going to do anything. We got a positive group, and we've had a great season all year for that reason. We're going to stick to what helps us win hockey games. We're focused on [Saturday night,] nothing more than that."

Toews' optimism stems from the Blackhawks' play in Game 3 and Game 4. He thought the Blackhawks played well enough to win both games but didn't have luck on their side. He believed they're bound to get a favorable bounce if they continue to play the same way.

"We're positive," Toews said. "There's a good feeling in the locker room today. The guys are very confident. We're very close to finding a way to win one game. When we do that, we know all the confidence, all that momentum is going to come rushing back. That's what we're focused on.

"We're doing everything we can. We're going to keep doing what we've been doing. I don't know how many times I got to say this, it's going to work for us. We're confident that we can turn things around."

The Blackhawks met as a team and discussed their predicament at the United Center on Friday morning before holding an optional practice. Coach Joel Quenneville believed his team was in a good frame of mind.

"We talked about the situation where we're at," Quenneville said. "I thought it was very productive and very positive. It was a good meeting."

Toews thought it would be key for the Blackhawks to first target winning Game 5 before they worried about the rest of the series.

"Just know if we win one game, if we focus on game a time, that there's a way out of it," Toews said. "We're not worried about winning three in a row yet. We want to win [Saturday] night, and we'll go from there."