Toews wrister was the only shot to find the back of the net in the shootout as Hawks netminder Antti Raanta stopped all three Caps – including Alex Ovechkin.
“I think I almost begged my way to get into this one just because I’m feeling like it’s getting to that point where I want to feel like I’m ready,” Toews said before the game during which he scored the winner in the shootout to help the Hawks defeat the Capitals 5-4. “I know for most guys, there’s going to be that game or two where you have to shake off a little rust. Maybe the short offseason is good that way, that time period or that process doesn’t take too long. So, it’s just kind of annoying that I had to deal with nagging little thing with a hip flexor the last couple of weeks.”
The Hawks will take on the Detroit Red Wings for their four exhibition game on Sunday in Detroit at 4:00 p.m. ET (NHLN-US).