Apr 25, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) shoots and scores the game winning goal against St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) during overtime in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Jonathan Toews’ game-winner (GIF)


 

After dropping the first two games of their first round playoffs series with the St. Louis Blues on the road, the Chicago Blackhawks returned home and were able to hold serve, winning both games to even the series.

The two teams returned to St. Louis for game 5 on Friday night. They alternated goals with Marian Hossa and Ben Smith scoring for the Blackhawks and T.J. Oshie and Alex Pietrangelo finding the back of the net for the Blues, resulting in a 2-2 tie that sent the game to overtime.

Just after a great save by Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford, defenseman Duncan Keith got the puck and sent it flying up the ice for Toews, who had just come in on a line change. Toews got out on a breakaway and was able to beat Blues’ goalie Ryan Miller, giving the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory.

GIF: Hawks Jonathan Toews wins it with a breakaway goal in OT on Twitpic

(Thanks to @cjzero for the GIF)

Game 6 is Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm EST at the United Center. The game is on NBC.

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  • Dashley R

    It wasn’t a great save by Crawford, it was a hard shot directly at Crawford’s chest protector that bounced quickly to a Hawks player who swiped it up the ice to a cheating Toews whos gamble paid off. Personally I would have rather seen Backes put the shot high and wide or low deflecting into the corner, but hey, themz the breaks sometimes. Good game, good goal. On another note, St. Louis sure is paying a whole lot of money on defense that keeps giving up breakaways. If they don’t win this series, maybe it’s time to start rethinking their priorities. I miss Pronger and MacInnis.