Jonathan Toews returns vs. Kings

Updated: January 3, 2011, 11:51 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews returned from a shoulder injury Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

Toews didn't waste any time getting back into the action, either, scoring the winning goal and adding an assist in the Blackhawks' 4-3 victory.

"Every day since the first day until today, we saw progress," Toews said Monday morning. "I feel good. You always want to come back as fast as you can, but I can honestly say I don't feel like there is any risk coming back tonight."

Toews was originally declared out for up to two weeks after getting hit into the boards Dec. 28 against the St. Louis Blues.

"I'm really happy about it," Toews said about his return. "Probably the most painful thing is knowing you're going to be out more than [the pain] of what actually happened."

Toews skated before Sunday's loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

"It's huge," forward Marian Hossa said. "He's one of those pieces we miss in the lineup. He's been our leader. It's a huge confidence boost getting a player like that back in the lineup, especially after losing three games."

Toews entered Monday with 15 goals and 18 assists in 38 games and ranked fifth in the league wininng faceoffs at 59.6 percent. The Hawks won just 41 percent of their draws while Toews was out.

Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick were the starting goaltenders for the game.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.

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