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Jonathan Toews is a Changed Man Post-Sochi

March 11th, 2014 at 11:20 AM
By Andrew McIntyre

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has always been a great player. He's been one of the best, if not the best, players in the league over the last few years. He is extremely well-rounded as he plays on both the power play and penalty kill, along with being one of the best defensive forwards in the league. He started this season off strong and continued playing well as he headed to the Olympics. But something has changed since Toews has come back from Sochi. A positive change for the Blackhawks moving forward.

'Jonathan Toews' photo (c) 2011, David Kindler - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Since returning from the Olympics, Toews has become more aggressive. He is starting to enforce his will more on the offensive end and is allowing his skill to take over games. He is still sharing the puck, but he is becoming less passive and understanding that he needs to also become a consistent scorer to become a dominant force.

He is starting to position himself better in front of the net and he is also catching luckier breaks with pucks finding his stick. Toews has the ability to battle with anyone in front of the net, as he showed in last year's Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins when he matched up with 6'9 Zdeno Chara. As he continues to improve, he is only going to get better in front of the net.

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Chicago Blackhawks Hold on to Beat Buffalo Sabres 2-1

March 10th, 2014 at 3:56 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Chicago Blackhawks were in Patrick Kane's hometown Sunday night as they took on the Buffalo Sabres. The Blackhawks would control the pace early on and got on the scoreboard first thanks to a goal from the hometown boy Kane. Sabres forward Drew Stafford would tie the game up at 1-1 six minutes later, as he wristed a shot past Corey Crawford. The teams exchanged chances throughout the game and it wasn't until just over one minute into the third period that the tie would be broken. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews found the back of the net for the fourth straight game to put the Blackhawks up 2-1, a lead they would hold on to throughout the rest of the game.

The Blackhawks move to 38-13-14 with the win and have now won two in a row. The Sabres fall to 19-37-8 with the loss and have now lost two in a row and three of their last four. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period:

03:12 CHI GOAL: Patrick Kane (28) assisted by Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya

09:11 BUF GOAL: Drew Stafford (11) assisted by Cory Conacher and Tyler Ennis

2nd Period:

NONE

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Jonathan Toews, Andrew Shaw Each Score Twice in Chicago Blackhawks Victory

March 7th, 2014 at 11:20 AM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Chicago Blackhawks played host to the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night with a new face on their top line. With the injury to Marian Hossa, Coach Joel Quenneville decided to put Andrew Shaw on the Blackhawks' top line and it sure paid off. Shaw had a fantastic all-around game, including scoring two goals. Linemate Jonathan Toews also scored two goals as he continued his recent hot streak. The Blackhawks would dominate from start to finish on their way to the 6-1 victory over the Blue Jackets.

The Blackhawks move to 37-13-14 with the win and have won two of their last three games. The Blue Jackets fall to 32-26-5 and have their three game winning streak come to an end.

Scoring Summary

1st Period:

04:12 CHI GOAL: Brandon Bollig (7) assisted by Marcus Kruger

07:56 CBJ GOAL: Ryan Johansen (25) assisted by Cam Atkinson and Dylan Prout

16:44 CHI GOAL: Andrew Shaw (15) assisted by Sheldon Brookbank and Nick Leddy

2nd period:

08:00 CHI GOAL: Jonathan Toews (23) assisted by Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook

12:29 CHI GOAL: Bryan Bickell (10) assisted by Kris Versteeg and Marcus Kruger

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Columbus Blue Jackets (32-25-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (36-13-14)

March 6th, 2014 at 3:40 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Chicago Blackhawks are back in action tonight as they play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. With the Blue Jackets moving to the Eastern Conference, the two teams now play each other only twice a year with the games not playing as big of a role in divisional standings. 

The Blackhawks have lost two of their last three games. The Blue Jackets have won three straight games. This is the first of two meetings between the teams. The last meeting will be played on April 4th in Columbus.

Here are some notes for tonight's game:

    • Corey Crawford (23-11-10, 2.33 GAA, .916 SV%) will get the start in net for the Blackhawks tonight. Sergei Bobrovsky (23-15-3, 2.52 GAA, .917 SV%) will get the nod for the Blue Jackets.
    • Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has three goals and one assist in his last two games.
    • Forward Ryan Johansen leads the Blue Jackets with 24 goals and 48 points.
    • The Blackhawks are still without forward Marian Hossa who is out with an upper-body injury.
    • The Blue Jackets are without defensemen Fedor Tyutin (ankle), Ryan Murray (knee), and forward Jared Boll (ankle) due to injury.
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    Chicago Blackhawks Fall 4-2 to Colorado Avalanche in Central Division Battle

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:46 AM
    By Andrew McIntyre

    The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche got together for a Central Division battle Tuesday night and it was the Avalanche who came out on top. Despite the Blackhawks nearly doubling the Avalanche in shots, they couldn't get enough pucks past Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov to pick up the win. The Avalanche scored three goals in the third, including an empty netter with 33 seconds left to seal the victory.

    The Avalanche move to 40-17-5 with the win. They have won three straight games and are just one point back of the Blackhawks. The Avalanche also guarantee themselves the season series win over the Blackhawks as they are up 3-1 with one game to play.

    The Blackhawks fall to 36-13-14 with the loss and have lost two of their last three games since being back from the Olympic break. They trail the St. Louis Blues by two points for the Central Division lead.

    Scoring Summary

    1st Period:

    NONE

    2nd Period:

    02:49 COL GOAL: Maxime Talbot (7) assisted by Erik Johnson and Jan Hejda

    16:52 CHI GOAL: Ben Smith (8) assisted by Brandon Bollig and Niklas Hjlamarsson

    3rd Period:

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