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Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild: Five Thoughts

By Samuel Boland
ST. PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 11: Jason Zucker #16 of the Minnesota Wild is stopped by Cam Ward #30 of the Chicago Blackhawks as Jan Rutta #44 of the Chicago Blackhawks defends during a game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Black Hawks at Xcel Energy Center on October 11, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Black Hawks 4-3 in overtime.(Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 11: Jason Zucker #16 of the Minnesota Wild is stopped by Cam Ward #30 of the Chicago Blackhawks as Jan Rutta #44 of the Chicago Blackhawks defends during a game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Black Hawks at Xcel Energy Center on October 11, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Black Hawks 4-3 in overtime.(Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks lost 4-3 in overtime to the Minnesota Wild last night. Here are Five Thoughts following last nights contest.

No. 1: Jonathan Toews and his line have all no plans of stopping anytime soon.

Through four games, Jonathan Toews leads the Chicago Blackhawks in points with 8 on five goals and three assists. Toews tallied two assists last night and has a point in four straight games to start the season. Watch his effort here on DeBrincat’s goal.

Like Simonetta said, Toews is clearly a man on a mission.

Players hear what is said about them during the offseason. Additionally, last season’s outcome did not sit well for the Captain, either. Though it’s only been four games of 82, I simply can’t imagine him slowing down anytime soon (okay, he might average a little less than two points a game, though).

His winger, Alex DeBrincat, is a big part of his success to start the season.  DeBrincat is tied for second on the team in points with 7 (4 G, 3 A). Like Toews, DeBrincat is also riding a four game point streak as he scored twice last night and added a helper of his own.

Here DeBrincat’s second goal, the Blackhawks first power play tally of the year:

Though Toews and DeBrincat are undoubtedly exceeding expectations at this point, Dominik Kahun isn’t playing in their shadows, either. The twenty-three year old German rookie has three points through four games and tallied his first NHL goal last night with Toews delivering primarily assist. 

Watch the kid’s face in this gif. Pure joy.


This line has been red hot to start the year which is a huge reason the Chicago Blackhawks are 2-0-2. I don’t see any signs of this changing.

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