Analysis

Five Thoughts on Chicago Blackhawks’ Win Over Minnesota

By Juliana Nikac
Feb 21, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) looks on from the bench in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 21, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) looks on from the bench in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /
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1. O Captain My Captain! Remember when people said he was bad? Well, Jonathan Toews was quite the special player in this game. The captain was all over the ice throughout the game, exhibiting his excellence as one of the best two-way forwards in the game. He was on the ice for 19:45 of the game. Toews saw almost three minutes of power play time, and a little more than one minute of penalty kill time. He had five points on the night, topping off the game with a hat trick, his first since 2013.

He was always noticeable. I got excited every single time he stepped on the ice. With his second five-point game of his career, Toews is now up to 15 goals and 27 assists. That’s 42 points in 51 games. Which means he’s averaging 0.82 points per game. What started off as a slow year, with an injury mixed in, could end up being a fantastic season for him.

Honorable Mention. Despite allowing three goals in this game, Corey Crawford made some outstanding saves. He did stop 29 of 32 shots, which is really good. But this skate save on Tyler Graovac was quite phenomenal, and it was one of the many great saves he made throughout the night.

That goal kept the game scoreless so the Hawks could end up winning.

The Blackhawks have improved to 37-18-5 on the season, for 79 points. Beating the Central-leading Minnesota Wild brought them within 5 points of them as the Wild head into their bye week. Chicago’s next game is Thursday night at home against the Arizona Coyotes. Can they make it three wins in a row? Let’s see if they can beat the 2nd-worst team in the NHL.

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