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Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Takeaways from Game 1 win against Oilers

Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
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Chicago Blackhawks, Dominik Kubalik
Chicago Blackhawks, Dominik Kubalik (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) /

1. The Blackhawks have an unstoppable top line

Dominik Kubalik is the real deal. I know we still have to figure out his contract for next year, and that a great performance from him right now is not going to make things easy, but when you watch him light the Blackhawks offense it is pretty fun.

Kubalik had 2 goals and 3 assists tonight that helped factor in the Blackhawks win, oh, and his linemates also showed up. Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist tonight in a great performance for him, and Jonathan Toews showed once again why he wears the “C” on his uniform.

I am having a hard time wrapping my head around how good Jonathan Toews was in this game. When we were looking at this matchup for the past month I kept looking at names like Kane and DeBrincat to have the biggest impact, and then the game started and it was Toews who blew me away.

Not only did Toews put up 2 goals and an assist tonight, but he also did that while playing Edmonton’s top guys. Toews was not playing the Oilers fourth line, no he was playing MVP candidate Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid all night. Toews also took 25 faceoffs tonight, a team-high, and he won 16 of them. The next highest total was Dylan Strome who took 10 faceoffs and only won 3.

Jonathan Toews was a big reason for the Blackhawks walking away with a victory, but there is more to it than that.

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