Plane problems delay Blackhawks

Updated: April 22, 2012, 11:34 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- With Game 6 looming between the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, the Hawks had an unexpected delay in returning from Game 5 in Phoenix on Sunday.

"Not much you can do about it," Jonathan Toews said Sunday evening after arriving at O'Hare airport. "We're not going to complain about that stuff. It's not the end of the world. We'll be in our beds tonight and in our own building and in front of our own fans tomorrow. That's the most important thing."

The Hawks arrived later than scheduled because of "plane issues" but weren't annoyed with the half-day delay. They watched playoff hockey at the team hotel and hung out with each other.

"All the guys were upbeat," Brent Seabrook said. "We were hanging out downstairs having lunch together. It's not a bad thing. It's good to be around the guys at this time of year, a little team building. It was good."

Hockey teams are used to routines, especially during the playoffs but coach Joel Quenneville seemed OK with the unexpected delay.

"Just have to roll with it," Quenneville said. "In the course of a year or a couple years you're going to run into those types of things. You just deal with it."

Arriving around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Toews had one thing on his mind.

"Just going home and going to bed," he said. "Pretty simple."

Game 6 is Monday night at the United Center. The Coyotes lead the series 3-2.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com

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