First Star: Jonathan Toews
Dec 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) scores a goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (32) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Being the consummate leader that he is, Jonathan Toews took it upon himself to deliver the Blackhawks’ offense this holiday season, and he has done just that. Like Kane, Toews also put up a ridiculous 5 points over the past week. Toews didn’t find the scoresheet in the Blackhawks’ loss to the Islanders in 18+ minutes of ice time, but made up for it against the Flames on Sunday night, with a pair of assists in just 16:24 of TOI, his lowest total of the year (excluding vs. Boston, where he left the game with injury). Toews also kept up with Kane on Tuesday night, also putting up a goal and an assist, as well as a torrid 70% face-off percentage. Through all of the Blackhawks’ recent success, Toews has been there, and as always, his leadership extends far past the numbers on the scoresheet. Now, Toews is in the conversation when people discuss the NHL’s best player, something formerly dominated by Sidney Crosby. With a season like this, however, the changing of the guard may be sooner rather than later for the Blackhawks’ captain.
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