When Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both score in a game, the Blackhawks have won 44 straight games.
It was just another day at the office for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Toews recorded a hat trick, sixth of his career, to lead the Blackhawks to a second straight overtime victory. And Kane had a tallie in the second period to go along with an assist and was active in the offensive zone all night. When these two play like this, it’s a lot of fun to watch.
These first two games have been well, no so pretty. But take it with a grain of salt. It’s the first two games of a very long season but the Blackhawks prevailed and will enter the home opener undefeated. The United Center will be shaking Sunday night.
- Henri Jokiharju is not playing like a rookie. The 19-year-old was impressive yet again Saturday night and is exceeding expectations. Even after a strong camp and preseason, the regular season is a totally different animal. He’s doing the little things right and watching him develop is a storyline of the season.
- Johnathan Toews has four goals through two contests and that is great to see. After a quiet year last season, this is the type of response you want to see from the captain. His offensive production is so important to this team and his confidence. Now Toews is not going to score every night, but being active in front of the net and getting shots off will lead to chances for his teammates. Number 19 is playing some really good hockey and that is always must-see TV.
- Cam Ward made some great saves and has done a fine job in the first two games. The Blues got a group of legit scorers so I was expecting a shootout tonight. But he made saves when they needed him to. He should be able to hold it down, along with Anton Forsberg, until Corey Crawford returns.
Shots: Blackhawks 30 Blues 30
My bounceback player of the game: Nick Schmaltz. After a rough season opener, Schmaltz was much improved Saturday night. He was active in the offensive zone and drew a penalty in the third period after sticking with the puck. A negative though was he was 3-12 at the faceoff dot but give it time. It was good to see him controlling the puck and getting quality chances.
Stat of the night: This is the first time both Toews & Kane scored a goal in each of the first 2 games of a season.