CHICAGO — What's a playoff series without a little bit — or a lot — of animosity?
Since the Kings skipped the morning skate on Sunday at the
Bolland appeared to have caught Richards with a shoulder-to-chin hit that apparently didn't meet the NHL's sometimes-fuzzy standards for being judged a hit that made the head the principal point of contact. Brown appeared to have caught Toews with an elbow to the throat. A league executive confirmed Sunday that it had taken no follow-up action on Brown's hit.
Toews said he and his teammates are aware that the Kings would be physical and that they have to keep an eye on Brown.
"We know that he's going to be looking for stuff like that. Just got to be aware of it," Toews said. "I think they were maybe a little frustrated we were moving the puck around the outside without even two minutes left to go in the game, just trying to kill time on the power play.
"I kind of expect him to do something like that. We have to be aware of what they're going to try and be physical on us."
"I think you want to make sure you're playing hard within the whistles. We want to be smart with the physicality, make sure we bring it," he said. "We expect a hard forechecking game. We want to make sure we're smart and disciplined, and staying out of the [penalty] box is priority."
Toews echoed that sentiment.
"We know it's going to be a physical series. That's what we expect from them," he said. "They're a team that wants to win. They're willing to do whatever it takes. We have to be the same way. "For the most part we want to be smart and stay out of the stuff after the whistle. That gets nothing done for us. We'll continue doing that."