May 27, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) bring the puck up ice against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
In sports there are certain types of star players, there are players that shrink from the moment and those that rise to the occasion. There is a reason why the Chicago Blackhawks core of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, and Patrick Sharp have won three Stanley Cups in six seasons. Specifcially Kane and Toews RISE TO the Occasion, unlike Ryan Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry.
The record of the Chicago Blackhawks in the Kane/ Toews era speaks for just how often they rise to the Occasion. Remember last season when the Blackhawks needed a win against the St. Louis Blue in St. Louis, who scored the Short-handed game winner? The answer is Toews. Remember when Kane went into Show-time mode against the Minnesota Wild? Kane scored the STANLEY CUP Finals Clinching Goal after being shutout in current Stanley cup Final. Kane also scored the clincher in 2010,and in all of these playoffs, Kane had 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points, For his career, he has 116 games played 48 goals and 66 assists. Toews has a similar numbers, in these playoffs, Toews has 10 goals and 11 asists for 21 points. For his career he has 117 games played, 39 goals and 63 assists. Both Kane and Toews have a Conn Symthe trophy with their names on it.
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There greatness is much more than numbers, but here are some MORE numbers for you:
The Blackhawks have been to FIVE Western Conference in the last SEVEN years. They are 8-1 in Game 5’s when the series is tied at 2-2. In Game 5’s alone, Kane nine goals and 11 assists, Toews has seven goals and 11 assists. Game 5 is always a pivotal game in a best of seven series and the Blackhawks two Greats are UNREAL in those games. They have won every series when being tied at 2-2, all EIGHT of them. They are 45-14 in Game 4-7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The most important stat during the Kane and Toews era is 3-0 when they have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final three times, winning it all three times.
All the numbers in the world do not due these two players their justice. The great players just find a way to win games and that what’s they do. The Tampa Bay Lightning discovered that the will of great players will overcome any obstacle in their way to achieve their goals.
Dictionary.com defines great as this: of ability, quality, or eminence considerably above the normal or average.”the great Italian conductor”.
By that definition, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are Great. This core of Chicago Blackhawks are Great.
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