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Video: Toews is off to a seriously strong start

May 24, 2014, 9:04 PM EST

Heading into Game 3, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews used some colorful words to describe his team’s motivation. If nothing else, he’s holding up his end of the bargain so far against the Los Angeles Kings.

Toews made his first big play of the first period when he disrupted an early Kings’ power play for this nice 1-0 goal:

The Kings highlighted their ability to bounce back when Slava Voynov tied it up on that same man advantage, but Toews scored his second goal on his second shot to regain Chicago’s one-goal lead:

Toews now has eight goals and 13 points (and possibly counting) in 15 postseason games so far. He already boasts four game-winners in these playoffs.

  1. hawksin5 - May 24, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    tows with 2 goals this game. how many goals did Crosby have this post season?

    • hawksin5 - May 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      *Toews

    • canucks30 - May 24, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Crosby has 41 career playoff goals, Toews has 28 (including his 2 tonight).

      Crosby has 114 career playoff points, Toews has 77 (including his 2 tonight).

      Crosby has only played 5 more playoff games than Toews in his career (including tonight).

      Crosby’s career playoff points per game is 1.2, Toews is 0.86 (including tonight).

      • canucks30 - May 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        I’d still rather have Toews since he’s a more complete player and better leader, however, Crosby is unquestionably the better scorer between the two.

    • 19to77 - May 24, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      I think it’s naive to compare them one for one. Crosby’s numbers speak for themselves, as canucks30 pointed out. The problem is that the Pens have a severe lack of depth outside of Crosby and Malkin. Neal was disappointing in these playoffs, and the loss of Dupuis forced them to cycle a revolving door of third-liners on the Crosby line, none of whom especially excelled. Could he have been better? Yeah, probably. But so could the whole underachieving team.

      Meanwhile, the ‘Hawks are probably the deepest team in the NHL right now. They roll four lines night in, night out and their defense corps is gold. Crawford was leading the playoffs in save percentage until game 2 of this series. It’s not about how great Toews is (and holy s–t, is he ever). What makes them better is their team game. The Pens have always been too top-heavy. That’s why Shero was fired – he relied too much on two players to carry the team. The ‘Hawks have Sharp, Hossa, Kane, Saad, Keith, Seabrook… it goes on and on. THAT’S what wins Cups. Not one superstar waving his dick around. Ask Ovechkin what it’s like to raise the Cup. He couldn’t tell you. Same reason – no depth on the Caps at all.

    • c9castine - May 24, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      well if thats how we are playing the game then clearly jeff carter is a candidate for greatest leader and playoff performer to ever walk the earth.

      right?

      say something, say anything. and watch the weather change.

  2. 19to77 - May 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Carter and his line have since powered the Kings to a lead. Carter’s got four goals in his last two games and Toffoli picked up the other one for their line tonight. LA is a scary good team with all this sudden offensive depth. If Gaborik and Kopitar aren’t driving the bus, Carter and the rookies step up in their place.

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