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Video: Blackhawks’ Toews scores short-handed against Avalanche

Mar 7, 2013, 12:46 AM EDT

Jonathan Toews has shown numerous times during his NHL career to be a clutch player.

He demonstrated that again Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche. The Blackhawks captain beat Colorado’s 22-year-old center Ryan O’Reilly to the outside, and then, cutting back to the net, tucked the puck beyond the right pad of Semyon Varlamov, off the post and in the net. The goal, a short-handed marker, tied the game 2-2 early in the third period.

With that goal, and the winner from Dan Carcillo in the final minute of the third period, the Blackhawks earned a 3-2 win over the Avalanche and extended their streak to 24 games without a regulation loss to begin the regular season.

“That one reminded me of Johnny’s shorty up in Vamcouver in Game 7,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told CSN Chicago, referring to the goal Toews scored against the Canucks that sent the deciding game of the 2011 Western Conference quarter-final to overtime.

“(Short-handed goals) can be a big boost for your team and deflating for the opponent. When you get scored on your power play, it hurts.”

  1. polegojim - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Toews has been a beast the last two weeks.

    He’s been defining ‘CLUTCH’

    Congrats Hawks Fans

  2. micasa81 - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Other than the fact that it was a shorthanded goal by Toews off the rush, I don’t see a lot of similarities. This goal he made look easy (and the Colorado forward who was defending, he made look pretty bad). The one vs. Vancouver was an act of sheer will. One thing Quenneville’s right about, though: late shorthanded goals are an absolute morale killer. To this day I remain surprised that the Canucks pulled out the win in OT after that Toews goal.

  3. hawksandsawx - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Toews doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his offensive skill. If this is Crosby or Giroux people are saying what an amazing move it is

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