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June 16, 2013

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"You never expect those things," Toews said after Saturday's morning skate. "There are so many great players around the league that could be recognized for that — not just around the league, but in this locker room, too. You're seeing the reason we've gone so far in the playoffs, because of so many different guys."

Toews was third in the league with a plus-28 rating in 47 games in the regular season, helping Chicago post the most points in the NHL. He was second on the Blackhawks with 48 points (23 goals, 25 assists), shared the league lead with 56 takeaways and ranked second in the NHL with a 59.9 faceoff percentage.

Toews also was a finalist for the Selke after the 2010-11 season.

"I thought Jonny had a real solid year when I look offensively what his production was like, but defensively — we always keep scoring chances for and against — he had one of those years that the numbers jumped off the charts," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Playing against top lines and top D shift in, shift out, that says a lot. I think his awareness on both sides of the puck makes him the type of player that he is."

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INSPIRATION FROM JAMES, WADE: Chicago's Patrick Kane watched LeBron James and Dwyane Wade step up for the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday and drew a little inspiration.

"You see something like that, it makes you want to (do it)," he said.

With big performances from their big stars, the Heat beat San Antonio 109-93 to tie their series. James had 33 points and 11 rebounds after failing to score 20 in any of the first three games of the series. Wade scored 32, 11 more than his previous high this postseason, and Chris Bosh matched his playoff high with 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

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