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Blackhawks happy to see Toews back on skates

Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 11:25 PM / News

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

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Blackhawks happy to see Toews back on skates
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews skated on Tuesday back in the Windy City for the first time since cutting off on-ice activities early last week.
COLUMBUS -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews skated on Tuesday back in the Windy City for the first time since cutting off on-ice activities early last week in his recovery from an upper-body injury believed to be a concussion.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville confirmed it following a 5-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena and said the team is anxious to see how Toews responds to the work load on Wednesday.

"Always good to see him on the ice, yeah, sure," Quenneville said. "Hopefully he keeps progressing here and we'll know more (Wednesday) when we get to see him."

Toews has missed 14 straight games and the Hawks are now 9-4-1 in that stretch, including 9-1-1 in the last 10 games.

"I think it says a lot about our team," Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "Guys stepped up. I think we'll be excited whenever he comes back. I'm not sure when that will be, but we're just going to keep playing one game at a time and trying to get better."

As for Leddy, the prognosis is still unknown. He was hit hard into the boards early in the third by Darryl Boyce, which led to minor penalty and power-play goal by Marian Hossa that made it 5-0 Chicago.

"I haven't heard the final thing there," Quenneville said. "I think it was more precautionary at the end, but we'll know more (later)."
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