Jonathan Toews flew down the right side of the ice and ripped a beautiful goal from the circle off a one-timer from Brandon Saad, then spun his stick and barely cracked a smile. Breaking the 700-point mark for his career two days earlier elicited little more than a “pretty good” from him, and picking up two goals against the Jets on Friday was equally shrug-worthy. Toews kept the Hawks in the game with a goal in each of the first two periods, bringing him to 703 career points. That’s seventh in franchise history, and he’ll accelerate his pursuit of future centennial milestones if he stays this hot. When contemplating the significance of joining the team’s 700 club, which has a seven-man membership led by all-time greats Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Denis Savard, Toews’ mind was already moving forward. He’s out to ramp up his scoring after the past two seasons, when he put up 52 and 58 points.“I’m definitely proud of reaching (700), … [Read more...] about Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews aims beyond 700-point mark, scores 2 vs. Jets
Paul Skrbina Nashville Tennessean Published 12:45 PM EST Nov 16, 2018 Survey says: Bridgestone Arena is the toughest place for visiting teams to play. According to an NHL.com poll of 61 players who've played there, 15 put the Predators' home arena at the top of their list, the most of any other arena. MTS Place in Winnipeg and PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh each received six votes. Blackhawks Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were among those who chose Bridgestone. "It seems like they have the bass jacked up in there," Kane told NHL.com. "That building's always bouncing." Check out the full story here. Reach Paul Skrbina at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @PaulSkrbina. More: Predators mailbag: Talking pickle juice, Predators power play, Austin Watson and more More: Predators put P.K. Subban on injured reserve; Viktor Arvidsson out 6-8 weeks … [Read more...] about Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews name Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena toughest
Having played the first three games of this season on the same line as Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, winger Alex DeBrincat can encapsulate what’s expected of him in three words. “Go to work.” It’s the only mindset to have when it comes to playing with Toews and matching his rare combination of intangibles. But, so far, so good for DeBrincat. Toews and Patrick Kane’s high-scoring success in the first three games has overshadowed DeBrincat’s own strong start to his second season. He is proving to be a worthy complement to Toews with the Wild up next Thursday in St. Paul.“He’s a really smart player,” said DeBrincat, who is 10 years younger than Toews. “He’s conducting everything out there. He’s putting the puck in on nice plays. He’s been great for us obviously this season so far. He’s really gone to the net and gotten a few dirty goals. Obviously, that helps us as a line. We can move it on the … [Read more...] about Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat off to fast start playing with Jonathan Toews
After posting a career-low 20 goals and 52 points last season, Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews put the pressure on himself this summer to improve and bounce back from three down seasons. And so far this season, Toews’ offseason work appears to be paying off. Toews has had an explosive start to the season, posting six points — the most he’s ever recorded through the first three games. That’s why it’s no surprise that he’s earned himself this week’s second star selection, which the NHL announced Monday. He shared the weekly accolade with Toronto’s Auston Matthews, who was named the first star, and Stars’ Ben Bishop, who was named the third. Toews, who hadn’t been awarded a star of the week honor by the NHL since Feb. 27, 2017, has seemingly returned to his prime. Through three games, the three-time Stanley Cup champion has scored five goals, including the overtime game winner on Saturday in St. Louis which completed his … [Read more...] about NHL names Jonathan Toews its 2nd star; is the Blackhawks captain back?
A lot of hockey players don’t actually watch a lot of hockey. When you live at the rink, and sit through daily film sessions, and toil through a 10-month season, watching other players play is usually the last thing NHL players want to do. But during the Stanley Cup playoffs this past spring, Jonathan Toews was watching. “Quite a bit,” he said before chuckling. “More than usual.” The Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade, plummeting to last place thanks to Corey Crawford’s head injury, a shaky blue line and a drop in production from the likes of Toews and Brandon Saad. But seeing the expansion Vegas Golden Knights run roughshod over the Western Conference, and seeing the perennially disappointing Washington Capitals finally hoist the Stanley Cup served as stirring reminders for Toews that anything can happen. All you’ve got to do is get in. “It’s not only motivating, just to see how fast that play was, and to … [Read more...] about At 30 years old, Jonathan Toews trying to adopt a more youthful mindset, style