By Chris Kuc
Source Chicago Tribune
Jonathan Toews barked at officials from the penalty box, venting his frustration during an almost-surreal string of three penalties called against the Blackhawks captain in a span of 5 minutes, 34 seconds.
Toews’ discouraging night was indicative of the Hawks’ play — and their Western Conference semifinals performance as a whole — as they fell 2-0 to the Red Wings in Game 4 on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. The loss put the Hawks in dire straits as they trail the best-of-seven series 3-1 with Game 5 Saturday night at the United Center.
“Emotions run high in some of these games,” Toews said afterward in a hushed Hawks dressing room. “My stick got a little loose there. I was playing hard. Sometimes that happens. It’s frustrating I had to go to the box three times in a row.”
Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made Jakub Kindl’s second-period power-play goal with Toews in the penalty box — and Daniel Cleary’s empty-netter — hold up with a brilliant performance, outdueling Hawks netminder Corey Crawford. Howard made 28 saves to hand the Hawks their first shutout of the season and first three-game losing streak in 2013.
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