Jonathan Toews sat alone on the floor in the corner of the Blackhawks' locker room, stretching his legs and keeping to himself. His return was just hours away.

Toews' comeback from a concussion after almost two full months was as big a story line as Game 1 of the Hawks' Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

But there was no triumphant return for the captain despite a solid game.

The Coyotes rewrote the story.