Winter Olympics: Jonathan Toews Making Case for Tournament MVP

February 24th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
Earlier this week, a case was made that Blackhawks' captain Jonathan Toews was the most valuable player on Canada's Olympic team. However, after watching Canada destroy Russia to advance to the medal rounds, it is becoming clear that Toews should be on a very, very short list of names being considered for the overall tournament Most Valuable Player.

Toews received subtle praise from Canadian coach Mike Babcock before Wednesday night's game when the lines were rearranged for the game against Russia. Toews stayed with Mike Richards, but Rick Nash was moved off the line with Sidney Crosby who had been so successful to be next to the Hawks' center.

The Toews-Nash-Richards line was specifically put together to play against the Russian line featuring Alexander Ovechkin; somehow, Crosby dodged the assignment.

The defensive job done by this line, along with the stellar play of Canadian defensemen Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Duncan Keith, Shea Weber, and Drew Doughty, held Ovechkin to three shots on goal.

Yes, Russia didn't show up at all, and everyone on their roster played a terrible game.  But after the effort Ovechkin brought to ...

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