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)
- Steve Larmer (49) – Denis Savard (46) – 95
- Stan Mikita (48) – Bobby Hull (45) – 93
- 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.
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.