The Chicago Blackhawks franchise changed for the better when it drafted Jonathan Toews third overall in 2006 and Patrick Kane first overall in 2007. Since those two players joined the Blackhawks, they have combined for three Stanley Cups, one Calder Trophy, one Selke Trophy, two Conn Smythe trophies and one Mark Messier NHL Leadership award. Both players rank among the top 10 in career points in Blackhawks history and are just starting lengthy new deals with the organization.
Kane and Toews are the driving force behind the Blackhawks’ long-term success. This season, Toews has 26 goals and 28 assists for 54 points. Kane has 43 goals and 57 assists for 100 points. Kane is the first Blackhawks player to put up 100 points in a season since the great Jeremy Roenick in the mid-1990s. In Sunday’s game against the Boston Bruins, Kane scored a hat trick with an assist, and Toews added one goal. The combo of Kane and Toews scored four of the Blackhawks’ six goals against the Bruins.
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Kane and Toews scoring in the same game is a very good thing for the Blackhawks. The Bruins were only the latest team to feel the wrath of Kane and Toews. When Kane and Toews score in the same game, the Blackhawks are 57-6-4 in the regular season. In their last 24 games when Kane and Toews score, the Blackhawks are 24-0-0. This season the Blackhawks are 12-0-0 when both Kane and Toews score goals in the same game.
Let me say that a different way: The Blackhawks are undefeated this season when both Kane and Toews score goals in the same game. That it is a very impressive stat. The numbers go even deeper. The Blackhawks in the Kane and Toews era have won three Stanley Cups. When Kane and Toews both score in the same playoff game, they are 6-0.
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With those numbers, people have to wonder why Kane and Toews are not always on the same line. The Blackhawks’ response always has been that Kane and Toews do not play on the same line because the team needs to balance out the scoring. Blackhawks fans know that if the team is down late in a game, coach Joel Quenneville will always go to Kane and Toews to hopefully snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat. I call it the “break glass in case of emergency” line.
Any time either player scores is important because it helps the Blackhawks win games. When both players score in the same game as of late, the Blackhawks are undefeated.