Jonathan Toews leaves Blackhawks-Sharks with unknown injury

Toews left in the second period against San Jose and never returned.

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews left the team’s game against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night with an unspecified injury. The captain headed for the locker room midway through the second period, and never returned in the 2-1 loss.

After the game, coach Joel Quenneville said the team is hopeful it’s not a major injury.

It’s unclear exactly what happened to Toews. He took a rough fall near the boards just prior to leaving the game, but it wasn’t immediately apparent that he had suffered an injury. After he left the game, there was initially some speculation that it might’ve just been an equipment issue.

Now it’s clear that it was more than that, although we don’t know much about the injury. The team said after the game that it was an upper-body injury.

Obviously, losing Toews for any extended period of time would be a major blow to the Blackhawks. The captain hasn’t been at his best this season, but Chicago’s depth up the middle would be challenged without him.

Let’s hope whatever’s ailing him isn’t too serious, as Coach Q suggested, and his absence will be only temporary.