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Blackhawks’ Toews has ‘special performance’ in comeback win

Oct 30, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

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It was a wild one between the Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, but one player emerged to take control.

Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks’ captain, scored the natural hat trick, including two goals in the third period, as Chicago completed its comeback with a 6-5 victory over the Senators.

“If you’re a fan and you watch him play tonight, you’re gonna say, ‘Wow.’ That was a special performance,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, as per Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

The Blackhawks fell behind by a pair of goals just after the midway point of the second period, which led to back-up Nikolai Khabibulin getting the yank. It’s the second straight game in which the veteran netminder has struggled.

That meant Corey Crawford, who played on Monday, had to come in to relieve Khabibulin.

But while Khabibulin hasn’t necessarily been the Bulin Wall he once was, pinning the Blackhawks’ deficit in this one wouldn’t be right, according to Toews.

“Corey coming in made us realize we have to be better in front of our goaltender, and putting it on Khabby is unfair,” said Toews, as per Myers.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Sorry, JT – Save%s are save %s. KBullin is at .818 thru 3 games with a loss, OT loss and no decision. Cory C playing with the same team is at .916, 6-2-2. Playing with the same team.

    Stan Bowman has made a lot of good decisions, and this was not one of them.

    1. Failed to retain Ray E, part of a Jennings trophy combo.
    2. Failed to retain Carter Hutton from their AHL squad who now has a .927 as the interim starter while Rinne is out in Nashville.
    3. Did not talk for all we know with Tim Thomas.

    • kaptaanamerica - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      Can’t wait for the Canucks to expose Toes and the Hawks for what they are – to borrow a phrase from Toes.

      • se7enbladez - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:15 AM

        Stanley Cup Champions?

      • kaptaanamerica - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:47 AM

        Lucky would be the operative term… kings were the better team last season but got totally mobbed in the San Jose series by the refs in game 3…. otherwise they win in 5 and would have been healthy and tested to spank the Hawks like the Hawks deserve

      • Chris Anderson Photography - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Stanley Cups

        Chicago Blackhawks: 5
        Vancouver Canucks: 0

      • hawksin5 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        God. You are literally the definition of an idiot. Furthered by your thoughts that the kings were a better team last year.

      • comeonnowguys - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Kaptaan, you can keep crying all you want, but it doesn’t change the fact that you were wrong, were proven wrong, and still are wrong.

        Speaking of, @enduser: Emery wanted to start. He wasn’t going to get that in Chicago. Not sure what the Hawks could have done short of get rid of Crawford.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Kings better??? – lets check the facts. Who took the regular season encounters? Kings and Blackhawks both played close, very contested 7 games series in round 2.

      Is there any rational basis for saying the Kings were more worn out than the Blackhawks?

      And while I’m at it, I see a lot of thumbs down, but nobody bothered to try and refure what I posted.

      • hammerhead5573 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        It is my belief that you are getting so many negtive responses is you mentioned how they allowed Emery to walk when the reality is they wanted him back. He chose a different route with the hope of being a starter. Any true Hawk would love to have him back but it is what it is. For my part, i agree with much of what you said. The wall blows right now and he will not get better. Every goalie has bad games, but he has been flat awful in 2 games in a row.

    • p215 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      ‘Failed’ to retain Ray? He went to Philly for same $$ but opportunity to be starter

      ‘Failed’ to retain Carter Hutton? He left seeing Crawford was not going to be unseated and hasn’t set the world on fire yet.

      Tim Thomas? Whaa? Habby was only brought in to be a stopgap and if he’s truly done and its the worst problem the Hawks face this season it’ll be another great season.

      Raanta is potential Vezina material but he needs more time in Rockford.

  2. martyks55 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Yeah, maybe you can’t pin it all on him, but it should be obvious that Khabby is not the answer. Time to find someone else. Bring up a kid. Do anything. He’s a sieve.

  3. jhaegs - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    As a Blues fan, I like seeing Khabi between the pipes…. Lol

    I can’t believe CHI got rid of Emery. Better hope Crawford stays healthy…

    • nico9118 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      Emery left because he wanted a chance to be a starter, not because Chicago “got rid of him.”

  4. jhuck92 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    The Blackawks’ character (and Toews’ performance in particular) was indeed special. Crawford, with ice water in his veins, quite literally stole that win.

    #TheReturn < #TheComeback

    • dontbeadope - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Hashtags? #whatareyouinhighschool?

      • jhuck92 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        I’m sure you meant well and it’s ok. My grandmother has trouble with hashtags, too.

  5. jsj808303 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Eager to see Antti Raanta (5-1, 2.40 GAA, .926 sv% at AHL Rockford) come up once Khabby’s warmed up the seat. It can’t come soon enough, IMO.

  6. earpaniac - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Exposé them as what? The best team in the NHL?

    You can blame StanBo so far for signing Khabibulin, but not Emeey or Thomas.

  7. earpaniac - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Both Emery and Thomas wanted to go somewhere where they had a legitimate shot at being the starter.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      And Ray went to a team where they had traded for Mason earlier in the year and had done well in the short time he was in Philly played well.

      Ray may well have been taken in by a con job – promise a shot at atsrting, but we really want to good backup.

      Is Stan had offered something more significant – nice raise, assurance of a # of starts – could the Hawks have kept Ray Emery?

      • blackhawksdynasty - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        What part of “wants to be a starter” is so difficult to understand? There’s nothing more to it. He left. Get over it.
        Bowman will have the last laugh when Raanta is taking over the #1 job and Chicago gets a hefty return from trading Crawford.
        I’ve been watching this kid in Rockford….and wow. Gonna be a helluva NHL goalie.

  8. canucks30 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    Good luck stopping a 1-2 punch of Crosby and Toews down the middle in Sochi

  9. canucks30 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:54 AM


    I loathe all things Blackhawks as much as anyone but they are the team to beat in the NHL right now and deserve respect.

    If Luongo goes down to the Hawks one more time in the playoffs he might as well pull a Pedro Martinez and call them his daddy.

  10. hammerhead5573 - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    @jhaegs.. The Hawks did not get rid of Emery, in fact they wanted to keep him but he wanted a shot at being number 1 somewhere else. With that said JT was being kind in his description oh Habby, he blows and I suspect he will not be the backup much longer.

  11. blackhawks2010 - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Great win for El Capitan, he’s the most complete player in the NHL at this time, fantastic.

    It’s comical that Canucks fan has come out of hiding to join our post. He’s a 12 year old who lives in his moms basement, his views are worthless as the Canucks.

  12. blackhawks2010 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Time to pull the plug on Bulin, there’s nothing left in the tank. Anti Rannta is ready and is very talented, future starter. Bring him up, it’s depressing when you control the zone and outshoot teams 2-1 and have Bulin giving away points or having the team need to come back with 2 goal deficits to win. Go Hawks!

  13. earpaniac - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Exactly. The Hawks were obviously the best team in the NHL from game 1 last year.

  14. joey4id - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    He’s the NHL’s second player to select if you’re building a team from scratch. The kid is fun to watch.

  15. kingcobraman - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    toews is the class of Chicago… some of their fans are delusional as many are… Vancouver was there arch rivals the last 5years and helped them perfect their game … show some respect….

  16. dadawg77 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    As for the Hawks bringing in Bullin, Emery was looking for his next contract as good starter commands more money than a good backup. Thomas’ cap number is 2.5 while Bullin’s is 1.7 with the Hawks having 500K in cap room. So they couldn’t pay Thomas more or offer him a starting spot. Plus Thomas was a bigger risk as he took a season off while Bullin put up respectable numbers in the previous two seasons.

    As for bringing up Raanta, would he and the organization be better served with him getting more playing time at Rockford than backup in Chicago, is the question.

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