Toews leads Hawks past Sabres 4-3

Oh Captain my captain, which is what the Blackhawks faithful were tweeting after the Hawks in the last minute and half of the game, were trailing 3-2 and led by captain Jonathan Toews onto a 4-3 win in regulation time. We have all seen this before where Toews wills himself and his team to victory and that was the case again on Friday in Buffalo.

Jonathan Toews scored two goals in the closing minutes to seal the deal but that is what good, no correct that, great teams do. Somehow, someway great teams find ways to snatch victory from defeat because they never want to face defeat. That pretty much sums up Jonathan Toews and the Hawks and what they are all about.

The game started with the Hawks dominating the first period and was up 2-0 on goals by Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp and it looked like the Hawks were continuing on their roll until the second period came along. Marcus Foligno got a goal for the Sabres which seemed to breathe belief and life into Buffalo.

The third period saw the Sabres score a couple of goals from Foligno and Larsson putting the Sabres up 3-2. The Sabres probably thought they would go on to another win until the time clock got to a minute and half left in the game and the Hawks pulled their goalie Scott Darling in favor of a sixth attacker.

That is when Jonathan Toews’ will and determination took over and yes there was support from his team mates but it was Toews that got to the net and was able to score a dirty goal that tied the game, after winning the face off to get the whole play started.

Then his line took over with Marian Hossa stealing the puck at center ice and found a streaking Brandon Saad who in turn found the captain and fired a beauty of shot past the Sabres goalie Anders Lindback to seal the Hawks win in regulation. Besides two more points, the win also goes in the ROW column at this stage of the season everything counts.

Jonathan Toews has literally lifted this team on his shoulders since the Winnipeg game where he tipped the puck in the last .30 seconds in the game to lead his team to that victory and he has not slowed down or looked back since.

If the Hawks lost this game would it have really mattered since they already clinched a playoff berth? Does home ice really give you an advantage in the playoffs?    Should you play your best now over an irrelevant team? Most would say no then again most of us are not Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks and that is why this team is loved and admired by fans and should be feared by the rest of the teams in the NHL.

Bring on the Blues!

 

Three Stars of the game:

1.    J. Toews

 2.    M. Foligno

3.    R. Ristolainen

 Next game Sunday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. CT vs the St. Louis Blues watch on NBCSN Chicago; or listen via radio on WGN AM720.

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