May 4, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) skates with the puck against the Minnesota Wild during game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Leader is defined as the “person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country”. Jonathan Toews is the Captain of the Blackhawks, he is their leader. Everyone knows the story, Toews was chosen as the youngest captain in the Blackhawks history at 19 years old. He has a two Olympic goal medals, two Stanley Cup Trophies, and one Conn Symthe trophy.
When anyone thinks of the Blackhawks and their leader, they instantly think of Toews. Toews has taken his game and his resolve to a whole new level these playoffs. Toews has willed the Blackhawks to four of their six playoff wins this season. No bigger example of the “will” of Toews was in the third period of Game 5.
With Game 5 tied at 1 and the Blackhawks needing the win to maintain home ice advantage, Toews stepped up. Toews delivered a big hit to Mikael Granlund, afterwards he rushed the net and scored the game winning goal. This was the fourth playoff winner for the Blackhawks these playoffs and the 10th playoff game winner of his career.
The scary thing about Toews is he is a complete player. Toews does not just score timely game winning goals. He also kills penalties, makes plays, wins faceoffs, in addition to being the Captain of the team. Toews leads all remaining forwards in minutes played per game at 22. When the Blackhawks are in need of a faceoff win, they call on Toews. Toews has won 59.5 % of the he has taken these playoffs. That is better than the faceoff king Patrice Bergeron.
We have posed the question before is Toews getting better? The answer is yes. Is there a better Captain in the NHL playoffs? The answer is NO!
The Blackhawks will take on the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy at 8pm on Tuesday May 13th. The series is 3-2 in favor of the Blackhawks.
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