May 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) and right wing Marian Hossa (81) and center Jonathan Toews (19) head to the ice before game seven of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
My childhood favorites growing up watching the Blackhawks were Al Secord, Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, and Murray Bannerman, and now matter how great these former Blackhawks players were back in the day none of them can match what Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have done since putting on the Chicago Blackhawks jersey in 2007.
Jonathan Toews added to his resume last night with a breakaway goal to give the Blackhawks a road overtime win in St. Louis and a 3-2 lead in the series. The Captain is as one analyst said last night a Big Game player. His resume speaks for itself, but it’s all the little things he does from winning face-offs to board battles to leading practice during a lockout that make him the Greatest Captain in the NHL today. Toews may never win a Hart trophy because he’s not out scoring some of the other NHL superstars, but if there ever was a Captain trophy, they would be handing it over to #19 on a yearly basis. When the lights are bright the Captain is always at his best, and when he beat Ryan Miller to seal the win last night it was just another chapter in his greatness as the Chicago Blackhawks Ultimate leader.
The game before Patrick Kane did his best Superman impression by scoring in overtime while tying up the series. Kane has become more responsible every year on the defensive end of the ice, but it’s his magic hands and ability to score when the Hawks need it the most that makes him special!! Kane has many dramatic last second goals and overtime goals but it’s almost the threat of Kane that makes him so great to have on the ice. Here is the lastest Kane creation that helped tie the series up 2-2!
Toews and Kane are the perfect combination of Leadership and Skill and it should be no surprise that the two have flipped the script from 2-1 St. Louis to 3-2 Chicago in the matter of two overtimes wins. We are lucky to watch them skate on a nightly basis wearing the Blackhawks uniform, and they added to our memory banks again this past week. Who knows what the future holds but the past 7 years have been the Golden Age of Blackhawks hockey with 19 & 88 leading the way! I can’t wait to see what they bring to Game #6 tomorrow!!!
LET’S GO HAWKS!!!