Jonathan Toews played a pretty special game last night against the Ottawa Senators. With his Chicago Blackhawks caught up in a free-wheeling, “what defense?” kind of affair with the Sens, Captain Serious showed what kind of offensive numbers he can post while not bothering with the two-way kind of play that he’s becoming known for.
With Chicago trailing 4-2 just beyond the midway point of the second period, Toews decided to take the game into his own hands.
That’s a big goal right there. Some puck luck was involved, but it was an answer that the ‘Hawks needed badly. Ottawa had just scored a few minutes prior, cementing a two-goal lead. Toews wasn’t done yet though. Not by a long shot. He came out flying to start the third period and knotted the contest only 80 seconds into the final frame.
Stick down. Head up the whole way. Toews goes to the dirty area there, beats his defender and takes a rather sick pass from Johnny Oduya. Toward the halfway point of the third, Toews would put Chicago ahead for the first time since they had a 1-0 lead back in the first—and for good.
This hat trick is special because of a few reasons. For one, the goals weren’t just the second, fourth and seventh markers in a 9-1 blowout. They were meaningful, important and clutch in every sense of the word. After you consider where he scored the goals from, it’s even more impressive.
All three goals could be filed away under “dirty.” As in, nose-for-the-net, not “sick dangle bro!”
Good stuff from Toews last night. We’re sure Coach Quenneville would have preferred to see some defense, but a win is a win.