Apr 25, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his game winning goal against the St. Louis Blues 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
Before the regular season ended, the Blackhawks were influx. Their captain Jonathan Toews had suffered an upper body injury late in the season. Toews was forced to miss the last six games of the regular season. After missing those six games Toews said he was recharged and ready to go for the playoffs. Toews had scored 28 goals and 68 points and was a plus/minus of +26 in 76 games this season.
With such an impressive season, could Toews actually be better in the playoffs? The answer is YES!! The cliche goes when the bright lights come on, the stars shine the brightest, well Toews is a star who shines the brightest at the right time. People could speculate that Toews was still trying to get his feet under him in Game 1 and Game 2 against the Blues. With the Blackhawks trailing 2-0 in the series, Toews raised his level of play. Toews scored the game winner in Game 3, Game 5, and Game 6. Toews currently ranks 1st with 3 playoff goals. There was no goal bigger than the Game 5 overtime winner. People wiser than me have stated that a playoff series does not really begin until a road team wins a game. Game 5 was also the LONE Blackhawks victory in St. Louis this season. This season includes the playoffs and regular season. In Game 6 with the score tied in the third period, after surviving the penalty onslaught of the second period, Toews put the Blackhawks up for good with a power play goal. The Blackhawks closed out the Blues in six games.
Toews along with Teammate Patrick Kane have refused to let the Blackhawks lose. Both Toews and Kane have willed the Blackhawks to victories over their careers. It was no more apparent in this series that Toews was not going to let the Blackhawks be defeated. Toews is a once in a generation type of player and the Blackhawks are lucky to have him.
The scary part of the equation is that Toews is only 26 years old and WILL continue to get better! On that note, I would like to wish Jonathan Toews a Happy Birthday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JONATHAN TOEWS!
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