Chicago Blackhawks: Return Of The King

November 10th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
There shouldn’t be any question about Jonathan Toews’ value to the Chicago Blackhawks after Monday night.

It appeared all of the Blackhawks’ ills were cured by the return of their captain, even without Dave Bolland in the lineup, as the Hawks played perhaps their most complete game of the season.

The Los Angeles Kings came in with one of the best offenses in the NHL, and the Hawks had struggled to put points on the board. Specifically, the Blackhawks’ power play had been a sore spot; the Hawks had scored three goals on their last 33 power plays entering Monday’s action.

But Toews returned in a way that felt like a J.R.R. Tolkein script, leading the Hawks to a dominating defensive performance and a steady scoring offense.

Almost everything that could have been considered wrong with the Blackhawks appeared to be fixed on Monday night.

The power play that didn’t exist for a couple weeks, scored on two of three opportunities. The third period, in which the Hawks were the lightest scoring team in the league, saw them score three goals to blow open a 1-1 tie. And Cristobal Huet was spectacular when called upon, stopp ...

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