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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Fresh off gold, Toews driven to win Cup

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hasn't failed often in the past five years.

 Jonathan Toews
Will Jonathan Toews pair another Olympic gold with a Stanley Cup title?
He won a gold medal with Canada in the Olympics in 2010. He won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks later that year. He won another Stanley Cup in 2013 and another Olympic gold Sunday.

Now he's setting his sights on a third Stanley Cup come June.

"I guess it's hard to say it any differently than I've said it," said Toews, who spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since returning from the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "Every time you have a chance to win, you don't want to pass it up. I think the same goes for the rest of this year and the opportunity we have.

"As well as we've played as a team this year, the number of Olympians we had, it's been a great season so far. We want to keep that momentum going and play well going into the playoffs. The goal is always the same."

At 25, Toews has accomplished more than most players do in a career, but he hasn't taken his accomplishments for granted. He would be 26 -- his birthday is on April 29 -- if the Blackhawks win another Stanley Cup this season.

"I guess it's kind of hard to believe now," Toews said. "It seems to be adding up a little bit. But every time you're there, you don't feel surprised to have a chance to win and be a part of a team like that.

"I think the first opportunity to make the team and to win in Vancouver was amazing. Being back there was just trying to find a way to repeat that. It was such a different experience being over there and a different style of game and all the different things you can talk about and how different the Olympics were. But it was a lot of fun. It was amazing to be in a different circumstance and win that tournament again."