Viktor Stalberg has seen enough of teammate Jonathan Toews to know the Hawks' captain will break out of his playoff scoring slump.
''I've got a feeling he'll probably score here tonight,'' Stalberg said prior to Game 4 of the Blackhawks conference semifinal series against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. ''He's usually that guy that when we need him the most he's going to find a way to get it done. So I wouldn't be surprised to see him have a big game here tonight.''
Though Toews is in a scoring slump, he has a history of making an impact eventually.
''He is like that. It's kind of remarkable to see,'' Stalberg said. ''I just remember my first year in the playoffs when we were down a goal to Vancouver in Game 7 -- shorthanded he finds a way to score. That's just how he is. When we needed him the most, in stretches when we neeed to win games he's been the best player. I'm sure he'll be even better and he'll find a way to get it done.''
Stalberg is a perfect example of how fickle fate can be in playoff hockey. In the Hawks' 3-1 loss to the Red Wings in Game 3 on Monday night, he had an almost certain goal hit the crossbar and stay out of the net, then had the tying goal disallowed for goaltender interference.
''Tough bounce, but it happens. You can't complain about it,'' Stalberg said. ''It's something we don't think about too much right now. We lost the game, so be it. We've got to be hungry tonight.''