Hawks “optimistic” Toews Will Play

Jonathan Toews didn’t play in the third period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals due to an “upper-body injury,” but the Blackhawks are “optimistic” that the captain will play in tonight’s Game 6.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told assembled media: “Johnny is doing much better. He’s progressed and we’re optimistic that he’ll be playing (in Game 6).”

Toews is hoping to win a second Stanley Cup. If the Blackhawks win one of the next two games, he will join Wayne Gretzky as the only players to captain a pair of Cup-winning teams at age 25.

Toews has been at his best lately, too. He registered a pair of assists in Game 5 and was on the ice for 6 of Chicago’s last 8 goals until his injury.

Game 6 is at 7 p.m. tonight in Boston on NBC and CBC.