Kane Toews

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane All-Time Clutch

The Chicago Blackhawks have a long, colorful history that includes some of the greatest players to ever put on skates.

That history has included some fun players, some great players, and some really good teams. But, really, there have been three dynamic duos who have defined the history of the franchise. And with his overtime game-winning goal on Thursday night, Jonathan Toews moved the current pair of stars closer to more elite company.

Combined Game-Winning Goals, Career (with Chicago)

  1. Steve Larmer (49)Denis Savard (46)95
  2. Stan Mikita (48)Bobby Hull (45)93
  3. Jonathan Toews (51)Patrick Kane (41)92

Toews is already the all-time leader in game-winning goals according to the NHL’s website,* moving past Larmer this season. Toews currently leads the NHL with five overtime game-winning goals and is tied for the league lead with eight GWG on the year.

Steve Larmer

With his 51st career game-winner last night, Toews moves alone into 17th among active skaters. He had been tied with Pavel Datsyuk, Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek and Scott Hartnell.

While on the subject of history and game-winners, it’s worth pointing out one bitter note in Blackhawks history. Last year, Jaromir Jagr moved into first place all-time in the statistic according to NHL.com,* passing Phil Esposito.

* – The NHL’s website only has GWG info dating back to the 1967-68 season, leaving some numbers missing for Mikita and Hull. It was noted when Jagr broke the all-time record that Gordie Howe had 121 game-winners.

16 thoughts on “Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane All-Time Clutch

  1. I wish the electors would look at Steve Larmer’s GWG stats before casting their 2016 HOF ballots.

  2. It’s cool our current stars rank among the best of all time (or at least since the GWG stat was kept), but GWG is one of those stats that can be meaningless unless it is an OT GWG. Scoring the 3rd goal to put your team up 3-0 before the opposing team scores 2 goals to make the final 3-2 doesn’t, in my opinion, rise to the level of GWG.

  3. It’s meaningless, yet interesting all the same. One of those stats that makes you go hmm. Is it just dumb luck or is there something to it?

  4. It is not a meaningless stat. It shows clutch performance. Compare with Sammy Sosa. He hit a lot of HR’s. However, most were hit when the game was lost. He was not a clutch hitter when it mattered.
    If the game/series is on the line, I want Toews and Kane on the ice. PERIOD!!!

  5. fwiw, I saw where Garbutt had 2 gwg with Anaheim in 4 games. Now would be a great time to just hide the #28 for safe keeping until the powers that be finally announce that it is slated for official retirement. I am waiting.

  6. BRI,
    Try and use the object between your ears. I was clearly referring to performing in the clutch. Some can. Some can’t. Ergo, the comparison. Capisce?

  7. “Compare with Sammy Sosa. He hit a lot of HR’s. However, most were hit when the game was lost. He was not a clutch hitter when it mattered.” (- Edward Sumerdon )…and, as long as we’re off topic, OH, WAS HE (Sosa) A DICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I think this statistic highlights what a clutch performer Toews is. He is not one of the top scorers in the league yet he has had so many game winners. Now couple that with another statistic in that he is 8th highest plus minus rating among active players and the only one in that group under 30 years old. Incidentally Hossa his teammate is 3rd on that list. If this line focused more on scoring instead of two way play then Toews would have many more goals. It just shows what a great all around player he is and that he can give the team what it needs at the critical moment. No wonder the Hawks have won 3 cups in the last 6 years. It is because of players like him.

  9. Garbutt- is undefeated in 16 straight games!!!

    Perhaps – he was the “straw that stirred the drink”!!!

    Meanwhile Sekac is where???

  10. The jury is still out on Sekac. He missed some time due to illness and was stuck on the fourth line. The guy can skate and is skilled. I would put him on the third line with TT and Danault and see how it goes. Put Desi back on the fourth line with Panik and Moose.

  11. Gotta Hand it to you guys, it is so refreshing to read a blog about hockey that actually is about hockey – not personal attacks back and forth between fans acting like adolescent idiots. Stay smart People, it is great stuff

  12. ^^ (Mike Oregan)

    You’re correct, Mike. This blog has become much more civilized, informative, and enjoyable. Especially since a certain very negative person has gone silent.

    No doubt about it, we’re fortunate to be able to cheer for and follow one of the most talented and classy teams in all of sports and, IMHO, the recent history of sports.

    Enjoy the ride!

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