Toews wanted revenge for Mitchell hit

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:39 PM ET

CHICAGO Turnabout is not fair play in Jonathan Toews eyes.

The Chicago Blackhawks captain admits he wanted revenge against Willie Mitchell and the Vancouver Canucks after Mitchells open-ice check left Toews concussed but only on the scoreboard.

Hed never wish ill will on the defenceman, who is now struggling through his own post-concussion battles.

Mitchell stepped out of the penalty box during an October contest and rocked Toews, who missed six games as a result.

A blind-side hit into the end boards from Pittsburghs Evgeni Malkin has had Mitchell out of action since mid-January.

You want to get revenge when you play against Vancouver and the player who put you in that situation, but Ive got to say theres definitely no hard feelings, Toews said Thursday.

I got a call from Willie Mitchell (after the hit) and he explained hed had trouble with concussions, and you appreciate when a player does something like that and shows the respect he has.

He was just playing his game.

That may be a case of bad blood dissipated, but no matter how badly players want to downplay the hatred exhibited between the Blackhawks and Canucks over the past 18 months, it keeps cropping up.

I just seems like we have a lot of personalities that clash, maybe, said Blackhawks forward Andrew Ladd. Its fun. Its an intense rivalry, but fun games to play in.

Its about to become even more fun.

Playoff series cultivate that type of animosity towards one another, Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville said.

You get rivalries over time, but I think playoffs is the best way to get to that stage where you dont like the guy youre playing.

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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