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Video: Toews helps lead Blackhawks over Jets

Nov 22, 2013, 12:41 AM EST

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had a nice homecoming Thursday.

Originally from Winnipeg, Toews scored once and added three assists in the Blackhawks’ 6-3 victory over the host Jets.

Chicago got three goals in the third period to pull away of their Central Division opponents. The Blackhawks jumped ahead of the St. Louis Blues into top spot in that division with 34 points, while the Jets sit at the bottom with 23 points.

Blackhawks’ forward Marian Hossa, who returned to the lineup after missing the last three games with a lower-body injury, had a goal and an assist.

“We really got exposed in our D zone … When you win cups in the years they’ve won them, you see why,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel afterward.

  1. slysipops - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    GREAT GAME HAWKS! keep the pedal to the metal boys ! GO HAWKS GO !

  2. hammerhead5573 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Would be nice to see that many goals throughout the circus trip. Next several games should prove tougher than this one. But hey who wouldn’t take 6 goals in a win?

  3. comeonnowguys - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Isn’t this a “statement” win? :)

    Seriously, though, Hossa. ‘Nuff said.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I think the Hawks will continue to get grief over that article a few days ago. While it was nice to continue the offensive prowess (Hawks lead the league is goals, goals/game, SOG, and 6th in scoring %), goaltending has been shaky and the PK a disaster – 29th i the league.

    Goaltending was a strength last year. Unfortunately Montreal grabbed the Hawks longtime goalie coach when his contract expired. Hawks team save% is down from .923 to .892, Montreal has improved from .904 to .934. The Aves made a change in goalie coach and they have a similar improvement. I had not realized before how big an impact changing goalie coaches could make.

    Hawks offense is improved and between the AHL guys brought up this year and addition of Versteeg, the offense will improve more. But unless they can address goaltending and PK to at least be “middle of the pack”, they are not going to win another cup.

    • esracerx46 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      I think the Hawks PK has been their Achilles heel. You see the occasional defensive breakdown or misplayed puck ( Seabrook’s gift to Stastny), And that’s not on the goalie even though it shows up in his stat column. I’d like to see Handzus get healthy and have him replace Bollig on the fourth line. Bollig does absolutely nothing for me, except make funny videos of himself trying to stick handle. Then on the Pk you have Kruger and Handzus, 2 natural centerman. I’d really like to see Pirri stay at 2nd line center. His defense has picked up, just needs to work on his faceoffs. The one thing that troubles me, and I’m not sure how they fix this but there isn’t a right handed center to be found.

      Toews, Pirri, Handzus,Kruger. All left handed shots. Going further into the prospect ranks you have Danault, Teravainen, Nordstrom, Kevin Hayes. All left handed shots. The only right handed centers are Shaw and Mark McNeil

  5. hammerhead5573 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Enduser I’m gonna say that I am likely the only one who thinks this but I’m not convinced on Versteeg. He is not horrible by any stretch but too indecisive. By goaltending I assume you mean backup. Crawford has had a few bad games but what goalie doesn’t. Habby has been dreadful though. If Crawford doesn’t get a break he will pay for it by mid season

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Those aspects of goaltending are indeed linked – Bulin’s useless, Crawford is overworked and his results are declining as it goes on. Raanta was not really ready but they had no choice.

      The only teams with enough depth at goalie to possibly get in a trade with (Blues, Ducks) aren’t going to want to help bail out the team they would contend with for the division or conference championship.

      With Versteeg, I’m hoping that playing with the Hawks and their very different approach than the EC teams he was on will help – style fit.

      I also participate on Yahoo game threads. A guy who works at a bar multiple hawks are known to frequent together said the night before the Nashville that they were there til about 4:00 celebrating Versteeg’s return. So they saw it as a positive. Should know pretty well within a month as he continues coming back from his major knee surgery.

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