Nov 16, 2011; Vancouver, BC, CANADA; Chicago Blackhawks forwardJonathan Toews
(19) waits for a shot in front of Vancouver Canucks goaltenderCory Schneider
(35) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On May 7, 2010 in Vancouver the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead back to Chicago. The star of the contest was Jonathan Toews who filled up the stat sheet including a playoff hat trick which made it two straight hat tricks for the Hawks in this series with Dustin Byfuglien collecting a hat trick two days earlier. The Blackhawks hadn’t had a road hat trick since 1972 when Bobby Hull collected three goals, and then Buff and Toews did it on consecutive nights.
The Captain had three goals and 2 assists and his 5 point game matched the Hawks record held by Stan Mikita (73) and Steve Larmer (90). The Captain was on his way to winning the Conn Smythe trophy but better yet the Hawks were putting a major league beat down on the Canucks in their building for the second consecutive game. In all the Hawks would win three games in Vancouver including the series clinching Game 6 which was the half way point on their way to winning the Stanley Cup in 2010.
The Captain’s only playoff hat trick to date happened on this date three years ago today, and here is the video of the last of his three goals.
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