Brent Seabrook’s charity ICE Bowl (x)
When Toews Became Kane (x)
Brent Seabrook’s charity ICE Bowl
March 7, 2014 [x]
Blackhawks captain has 5 goals in last 3 games, has reached 60-point mark for 4th time
By Chris Kuc:
Joel Quenneville had a pretty good inkling Jonathan Toews was about to embark on an offensive hot streak.
The Blackhawks coach got an eyeful of his captain ramping up his game to help Canada capture the Olympic gold medal last month.
"He was outstanding in the Olympics," Quenneville said. "He was arguably one of the best players in the whole tournament. The last few games, it looks like he’s on that same pace."
Toews has five goals and an assist in the last three games, including two goals in the Hawks’ 6-1 thrashing of the Blue Jackets on Thursday. The outburst gives Toews 24 goals and 37 assists in 64 games, marking the fourth time in his seven-year career he has reached the 60-point mark.
Toews needs 15 points in the last 18 games to match his career high of 76 set in 2010-11.
"I’m getting chances and I feel confident when I get the puck," Toews said. "Whether I’m scoring or not, I’m generating a lot of chances. Finding ways to stay patient with the puck and keep my feet moving with it, and eventually things open up. I’m … getting a lot of help from my linemates."
Limiting: After appearing in seven consecutive games, Michal Rozsival was a healthy scratch against the Blue Jackets. The veteran appears to be back in a three-man rotation for the sixth defenseman spot with Sheldon Brookbank and newly acquired David Rundblad.
Despite getting a taste of being an every-day player, Rozsival accepts the role of sitting when Quenneville gives him the word.
"I’ll do anything that this coaching staff and the organization thinks is the best for this team," Rozsival said. "We picked up David and he’s a good player. I played with him in Phoenix a little bit. He’s a really skilled guy and a good addition to the club. He’s young, so he’s got good upside.
"As far as the rotation, we’ll see how it goes. I would like to play every game, (but) I’ll be ready whenever this club needs me."
Middle ground: General manager Stan Bowman stood pat at the trade deadline, meaning the Hawks will head into the playoffs without an upgrade at No. 2 center. That spot has been in flux the last few seasons, but it’s not a concern to Bowman, who will look mostly to Michal Handzus and Peter Regin to handle the role.
"We just view it differently than a lot of people do," Bowman said. "We don’t really have our lines numbered specifically. We don’t have one line that has to score, another line that has to check … another line that has to hit. We don’t play hockey that way.
"You want to have balanced scoring more than anything. If you’re loaded up on one or two lines and that’s who you count on to score your goals, you’re an easy team to play against. The opponent can focus on shutting those lines down. I look at it more that we have 12 forwards that can all make plays and score goals and play responsible two-way hockey."
Time change: The Hawks’ April 6 home game against the Blues will be NBC’s game of the week and will begin at 11:30 a.m.
i only noticed that WHILE I WAS GIF’ING IT (but then i didn’t use the GIF because i didn’t like the way it turned out. T_T)
here you go~
As far as I know, yes.
Sharp originally told this story at the 2009 Blackhawks Convention, as you can see here. Apparently, Duncs wasn’t too thrilled about the story being out there, so Sharp changed it so Toews was now the victim of the prank. Toews hasn’t tried to correct him since.
pchan31: #fbf Two of the nicest guys who were part of a team that made history. @subbanator #Toews
Oh, NHL. With anyone else, it would be the gritty agitator-type player overlooked for the superstar.
WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY IN HOCKEYLAND.