The Chicago Blackhawks won on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens. It was a big night for goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who won his 500th NHL game, but it also happened to be a big night for the captain who netted his first goal of the season.
It took Toews 26 games this season to get a goal. During that time he averaged over 18 minutes a night and had 46 shots on goal. He spent time on the power play and has been a critical part of the team this season, he just could not find the back of the net.
Jonathan Toews getting that first goal is huge, and now the Chicago Blackhawks need him to keep finding the back of the net as much as possible.
During our last podcast, I was not the happiest person with the way the Hawks are using Toews on the power play. While I still believe DeBrincat should be on the top unit, seeing Toews get a goal is a nice sight on the season, and hopefully can lead to more goals down the line.
If you missed the goal you can watch the replay here:
Toews got the Hawks going on Thursday offensively, getting that first goal is huge and it was assisted by Seth Jones and Patrick Kane. As I mention Jones in passing here let me also add he leads the team in points and has been phenomenal as of late.
Henrik Borgstrom scored the second goal for the team to give them a little more insurance against the Canadiens. While getting that win is awesome, it did come against the Canadiens, another team that has been struggling out the gate this season.
The next three games are not going to be easy either, with matchups against the Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, and Washington Capitals. If Chicago can win a couple of those matchups then maybe they can actually build back some momentum in the standings believe it or not they are somehow 10-14-2, sure they are pretty far away from the playoffs in points, but getting to 500 by the end of the month does seem like a reachable goal as of now.
Toews and the Hawks will be battling in Toronto later tonight at six pm. Toronto might be the best team in the league right now so this is definitely going to be a tough test for the Hawks.