Jonathan Toews Returns, Leads Blackhawks To Victory

Jonathan Toews had to sit out on Tuesday night. He made his healthy return to the lineup count on Thursday.

The Blackhawks weren’t able to generate much offense in the first period, but what should have been a 1-0 Chicago lead turned into a controversal 1-0 Coyotes lead.

At 15:40 into the first, it appeared that Marian Hossa scored to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. On the play, a shove from former Blackhawks defenseman Klas Dahlbeck forced Hossa into Arizona netminder Louis Domingue before the puck went into the net. What’s important is that the ruling on the ice was a good goal for Hossa and the Hawks. But Arizona’s coaches challenged the play.

The officials, however, overturned the call saying Hossa initiated contact.

Which is ridiculous.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville lost his mind on the bench, showing as much emotion as he has at any point as Chicago’s bench boss. Those emotions got him called for an unsportsmanlike minor penalty, and of course the Coyotes took advantage. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored as Hossa and Toews were tied up behind the play, and what should have been a Hawks lead turned into a one goal deficit.

Only 12 shots were put on net in the first period, seven from Arizona and just five from Chicago. The Hawks were only credited with one blocked shot in the first, going to Patrick Kane.

There was no shortage of offense – or offensive play – in the second.

Hossa and Toews came out of the dressing room with purpose, and Hossa got his ninth goal of the season 2:53 into the second. Duncan Keith went to the box 40 seconds after Hossa’s goal, but that didn’t slow down the Hawks top line. With Keith in the box, Hossa found Toews for a short-handed goal to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.

In the middle of the second period the game started to get chippy. There were a few questionable hits and slashes from both sides, and Andrew Shaw took a bad penalty while Ekman-Larsson was already in the box. Shaw put a huge hit on Zbynek Michalek behind the Hawks’ net that warranted a charging call; Shaw and Michalek were both assessed roughing calls after the play as Michalek drove Shaw’s head into the ice with his forearm.

On the power play created by Shaw’s hit, Mikkel Boedker scored his 13th of the season.

Nine seconds later, Jordan Martinook scored his seventh of the season to give Arizona a 3-2 lead.

Emotions continued to run high on the ice, and the Coyotes continued to focus on hitting the Blackhawks hard (because that’s worked so well for the Blues). Just over 14 minutes into the second, Martin Hanzal tried to finish a high check on Artemi Panarin but the puck found Kane who tied the game.

After the teams combined for 12 shots in the first period, 27 shots were put on net in the second (16 by Chicago, 11 by Arizona).

The Blackhawks came out and dominated the first half of the third period, out-shooting the Coyotes 9-2 in the first ten minutes of the period. Shane Doan and Hossa got mixed up in front of the benches and both were sent off at 6:45, and the Hawks took advantage of the 4-on-4. Artem Anisimov found Michal Rozsival all alone on the doorstep for the easy tap-in goal to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead.

Four minutes later, Doan tied the game as he somehow got the puck through Corey Crawford. The final 8:30 would come off the clock without another goal being scored, and the teams headed to overtime.

Chicago put 31 shots on net in the final 40 minutes of regulation, while Arizona had 18 in the same stretch. Crawford stopped 21 of 25 to get the game to free hockey while Domingue stopped 32 of 36. Domingue made four fantastic stops against Panarin on terrific looks to keep his fellow rookie off the board, but Panarin collected two assists in regulation.

Ekman-Larsson had a terrific regulation, getting three points and adding three hits with five shots on net; Martinook had two points in regulation for Arizona as well. Hossa and Panarin were the only Hawks skaters with multiple point efforts through 60 minutes.

In the extra five minutes, both goaltenders made some good saves to keep their team in the game. Brent Seabrook had all day with a number of bodies in front of the Arizona net but couldn’t get the shot through, but his captain took care of things moments later.

Toews skated the puck out between the circles and rifled a shot through Domingue for his second of the night. The game-winner was Toews’ eighth of the season, which is tied for the NHL lead.

The officiating was terrible both ways all night, and Arizona has good reason to be upset as Panarin got away with a blatant slash that started the break that led to Toews’ game-winner. Of course, the game wouldn’t have been tied at the end of regulation if Hossa’s goal in the first hadn’t been disallowed, but… yeah. The Hawks overcame the refs and some sloppy turnovers and picked up two more points in the standings.

Chicago heads to Dallas for a big Central Division showdown on Saturday night.


27 thoughts on “Jonathan Toews Returns, Leads Blackhawks To Victory

  • February 4, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Fill in the blank question….assists go to Panarin and Anisimov so the goal is scored by__________. : Correct Answer: Rosival………What!?

    Very entertaining game that had just about everything you could want in it. Loved it.

  • February 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Johny Wayne. Whoo is it.

    Father time.

  • February 4, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Hawks were by far the better and more talented team. It showed in the 4 vs 4 and overtime. Yotes tried really really hard to water down the Hawks talent advantage with the nonsense, but it didn’t work. This was Yotes game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals type effort and to no avail. Mostly Hawks fans in the stands. Go Hawks in Big D.

  • February 5, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Loved 81 taunt of the ref with the no-goal signal after what should have been his second goal. Why would this not go to Toronto? I would think they have more than a I-pad to look at. Don’t recall Yotes to employ the “grasp and tackle” mode in previous games. Fun game to watch and cuss at. Go Hawks.

  • February 5, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Crawford wasn’t at his best but he still made some pretty big saves.

    Not only was that the wrong call to overturn Hossa’s goal, but then they missed Boedker dumping Hossa on the ice which led to the odd man break where OEL scored to make it 0-1. And how Shaw was assessed the second minor when all he did (after taking a legit charging penalty) was to let Michalek dribble his head on the ice. But, they let a lot of stuff go including what should have been slashing on Panarin just before Toews got the game winner. So … all’s well that ends well.

    Speaking of Panarin – 3 assists and he probably should have had a couple goals too. Hopefully he can start burying some of those breakaway and one on one with the goalie chances.

    Welcome back Johnny. We missed the energized you.

    YAY HOSS! Loved the ref mock after his second … er … first official goal.

    Playing fast and focused. Let’s hope they play that way against Dallas Saturday.

  • February 5, 2016 at 6:05 am

    No team irratates me like the yotes. How many years later and i still ask myself why does this team exist? It was nice to see the rink 80% Hawks fans. I always get a kick out of that. That young official really sucked and that overturned call was a joke. 2 pts bank em and move on!

  • February 5, 2016 at 7:27 am

    ER- Boedker’s interference/pinning of Keith on the Weakside boards was even worse than the Hoss dump… that play caused Keith to retaliate and pull Boedker down for a penalty… pretty smart of him to “impede” #2

    Boedker- perhaps he was “auditioning” for the Hawks as the next “Bolland”- lot of chippy/clever illegal plays on his part…

  • February 5, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Got tickets to see G. Knott tonight in Kitchener (it’s also on Sportnet channels) He’s had a funny year, quite a few less goals but more assists compared to last.
    It will be nice to see what he has live.

  • February 5, 2016 at 7:53 am

    The NHL must have slipped in the larger nets last night. 77 goals scored, Crawford gives up 4, and Rosival scores his first in forever.

    Better tighten up the D for the upcoming Dallas games. It’ll be nice to get some more breathing room at the top.

  • February 5, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Don’t mess with an angry Hoss. He was fired up after the goal that should have been a goal.

  • February 5, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Good article, very fun to read, I love it when you can so accurately describe the determination of these guys. Great writing!

    Lest we forget Raffi Torres and his attempt on Marion Hossa’s life, and all of the explaining we had to do to the children who were so horrified that night they had to drag Hossa off the ice on a stretcher. Raffi Torres has shamed his team and his family for 1000 generations. The Coyotes are dirty cheaters.

    With that said… The yotes were playing good last night. Their forecheck was relentless. It felt like the Hawks really struggled to get the puck out of their own zone much more than usual.

    I also might add…

    There was a lot of discussion during the game about a certain Coyote that would not keep his stick on the ice. Multiple times they would rewind and show everyone what not to do and how the guy was hitting people in the face with the stick but it never got called. Another time Kane scored on his lane because again, his stick was up in the air. Feels like something the dirty Coyotes would do to try to get a few cheap shots in.

    A very tense game, I am so glad they lose. Go Hawks!

  • February 5, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I never in my 56 years have I ever complain about officials, ever! Bears, cubs, sox, bulls ( bulls once in while ) a lame and weak way to complain, it happens. But as Mr. Foley shared that the “on-ice officials” have 100-hour side experience the “Bad Calls” got out of control. The interference call on Hoss was just one. The referees blew it even on a missed or “no call” on Stick Slash by Hawks in OT. It was bad across the board.

    BUT, What a great game. Damn, I must admit in such a meaningless game vs a low brow foe, I actually jumped off the couch and yelled Captain at the top of my lungs at about midnight here in Maine in the OT winner. Waking my wife! Those lame howls after the Yotes goals did not help me case either.

    This game shows how analysis or for some criticism of players is misguided. One can see how grueling the NLH schedule is and the game is a flat out grind, try it if you haven’t. Toews with rest and Hossa with rest look unstoppable. Rozy with rest still looks better than average. As great (imo) as the Hawks played, puck possession and Heavy On The Puck it was a one goal game. But that is NHL, why it’s fun to watch and again how fickle
    analysis is and how “unpredictable outcomes “ become.

    The top two lines and even our bottom 2 played lights out! The Crow show was not on the air and Crow was Due for a not soooo good night and we got one of those off nights, but Crow made a few “stunning stops” to keep it tied and in OT.

    Got shout out to DEZI, watched him close on the KILLS in the second period. Kills are about spacing, switching and being able to block shots. To me it’s not an ART it’s an EFFORT! Anyway Desjardins made two STOPS or take aways that where skill and hustle plays, I mean big-time plays, yes he is one of the better killers but last night wow! Plus his energy and heavy to the puck attitude at “Evens” was awesome. Effort!

    Danault Got 5 at the dot . . . But our Dot performance is drifting south statistically!
    Our Powerless Play is still an issue, they go from text book execution to just flat out lame, where they cant get an entry, their should be no stopping Hawks from entry, they really looked horrible vs a team that cant kill penalties. Again you dont need to score but jezzzzz-us ya get get shots to the net, again not even on net, towards the net or have possession.

    One last comment Hawks are going to the Net with Gusto! This is the difference, NHL goal scoring is easy with in 10 feet.

    Panik Played great again, seems he is just a one man wrecking crew and seems to have a elevated skill set for 3 or 4 th line player to put the puck in the net. But does a LOT!

    Dallas Next

  • February 5, 2016 at 8:28 am

    personally i try “not” to listen to Foley and Eddie as much as i like them come playoff time. The STICK LIFT is so old then they stop the game, rewind and it’s the same old comment. NHL i totally lacking any coverage, announcers who can shed light on the real complexities of the game. YES the Keith reverse take down would wise to see and show fans how the YOTES like the RED WINGS are experts on holds, grabs and interference with skaters. Masterful is Babcock, read on how he almost beat the Bolts last year with skilled, sneaky, semi-legal interference. It is very much like watching the old Larry Bir Celtics, down low, hold, grab, step on shoes, elbow all so quick it’s seldom notice.

    My single complaint on the NHL is we don’t have a real John Madden type of break down of the game. I LOVE DON CHERRY . . . ( sorry for the all caps) but Don Cherry is close, but we need more smart insightful comments. A mind is a terrible thing to waste so says Nancy Regan

  • February 5, 2016 at 8:28 am

    This game was reminiscent of games from the 70’s and 80’s, when we had a plethora of horrendous refs — Van Hellamond was the ringleader, Ron Wicks and Dan Marouelli stand out as well; there were numerous others. Chelios & Roenick have both stated publicly that Marouelli told them he didn’t like the Hawks. Like we couldn’t tell from his officiating (if you want to call it that)?

    The referees lost control of the game and that’s why it was so chippy. The young ref copped an attitude like some of the old school (see those above identified and others) refs and the game took its course thereafter. In prior times, there may have been a brawl in a game like this. Overall, the refereeing in the league is greatly improved from the prior decades mentioned.

    Q was outstanding, that was classic material. He should have thrown sticks and the like onto the ice. He actually stayed pretty calm under the circumstances.

    Lastly, I still don’t see why Mashinter is dressing, let alone on the roster. Panik has shown he has a decent skillset, but playing limited minutes w/ Mashinter is not going to cut it. The fourth line’s minutes are regressing, this is not going to cut it either in the playoffs. Let’s see what the trade deadline brings.

  • February 5, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I have watched all but one of the Hawks game this year, and every time that Panarin gets a break away he shoots 2 yards out and ALWAYS on the glove side. No moves at all just shoots at the glove side. The kid could easily have 4 more goals on the year if the captain or kane could teach the kid what to do on a break away.

  • February 5, 2016 at 9:24 am

    “Johny Wayne. Whoo is it”…..

    Morrison, did you mean brokerwayne?

  • February 5, 2016 at 9:33 am

    That’s good.

    That Tazer is like the real Marion Morrison.

  • February 5, 2016 at 9:39 am

    MtM- great post’s as normal…

    And since u brought up Babcock- I wanted to get your 2 cents/perspective…

    Panik- didn’t “fit” w/babcock??? the ONLY conclusion – I could come up with…

    Babcock- teaches/wants that Man/Man , clutch and hold type checking (Yotes use it too- that is why they beat Hawks in PO’s few years back)… where as Hawks/Q coaches more of that Match up Zone in the D end…

    and Perhaps that is why Panik looks to be succeeding w/ Hawks- and didn’t work with Babcock??? Just a guess??? Your thoughts?

    Perfect example of the Yotes/checking– when Hawks were doing “curly shuffle” for about a minute,,, tried staying Man/man…. but finally Hawks broke them down/lost man and Rosey scored back door tap in…. Q/Hawks don’t “chase” – like that…
    but switch- like Basketball Match up zone!

    Just trying to figure out how Panik – couldn’t make that Leaf lineup!!!

  • February 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Oilers want to move Schultz. Hawks want to move Bickell. Similar salary. Similar value. Schultz is an RFA at the end of this year however.

  • February 5, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Some good comments guys. I agree with Iceman references to the bad ref years and Andy Van, Wicks, Dangerous Dan M et all. The zebras last night were brutal. Blown calls, make up calls. It could have been kept under control. Loved to watch the Hossa mockery after he scored his “second” goal. Priceless. You know the fire was lit in Hoss when they disallowed the first one. Q reaction was on par with the famous crotch grab. There should be a Q mike up during games R rated. The players love him for that. He just airs it out. Funny stuff.

    Loved the Rozy goal.

    Yotes knew they could take some liberties last night with that crew and pushed it. Tippet is no fool. Hold, interfere until you get called. Classic Babcock stuff. Hawks got away with their fair share as well.

    Johnny Toews possesses a tenacity to win when games are on the line that few players have. He is a marvel to watch in big situations. The Cpt looked very powerful on his skates last night, and along with Hossa those guys had an extra gear last night.
    If the 1st line is rolling that leaves opposing teams with huge matchup issues. Hawks are getting good contributions from 3rd and 4th lines as well. While the points are not there yet, Danault is playing some good hockey. Panik looks like a very good fit, and should be regarded as a steal by SB.

    Dallas game will be watched by many around the league. If the Hawks can tighten up the D I think they best a Dallas team that is really showing its colors. Stars need to score a lot of goals to win. As the season winds down and crunch time into playoffs looms, Dallas will need to change their style or exit playoffs early.

    I am impressed with the Hawks will to win here just past mid point. It’s all about competing, and Hawks core knows what it takes. This is still a team to be reckoned within the big picture.

    Anyone else watch the Crow babysitting gig with Shaw and Teuvo helping? Hilarious. Shaw chirping the kid all the way through. A really nice piece. If you missed it seek the video out on Hawks website at all access Whats your goal.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • February 5, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Seemed like more possession than the last few games. I noticed defenders, and really all hawks, were waiting longer to make their passes, drawing the opposing players to them first.

    Getting into the zone on the pp is still an issue. That first pp last night was brutal. But as soon as you see the flow reverse in their end, you know a goal is coming.

    Hawks keep getting burned by these coaches challenges. I still remember that challenge from Babcock for offsides that came over a minute after the play occurred. Is the new defensive strategy going to be to push the opposing forward into the goalie to get an interference call? I don’t see why not.

    Overall, great entertaining game with the only acceptable outcome given all the poor calls. Got a real tough stretch of games coming up here.

  • February 5, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I thought Quennville’s head was going to explode.

  • February 5, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Wall > thanks for the question and the always nice comments . . . Wish I had a smart answer for Panik ( it is early ) he went from Bolts which would seem like a better FIT then to the Leafs. Not sure of the Leafs depth chart or if he does not play the Babcock style, of lean, hold, pin and interfere. Panik on Paper is not a head turner but at 6′ 1″” and 208 pounds for me he is the size ( going with basketball analogy) Mike Krzyzewski at duke builds a team around all 6 foot 6 AGILITY. Meaning not too big Mashinter or too small or light Marcus? Read that it might be “consistency” as is it for every player and how Marcus thus far has made a living. BUT DEZI is also the same type not as smooooth as Panik but go figure. Loving Dezi’s game average across the board but fucking smart never out of position.

    My gut answer is, Coach Q is very direct on what he expects and what he wont put up with. They don’t play his way, they don’t play. Also ( as you know) Toews and Company leadership ( over used word) can NOT BE UNDER ESTIMATED as to the influence they have on those yearly new guys and young players! I can write a book on it, of they did not win 3 cups Panik would be back to bad habits. Toews leads big time, on and off the ice. He reminds me of Gordie Howe . . .honest. Also back to Panik Leafs have zero leadership, i mean zero maybe worse in all professional sports hence the hire of Babcock. Accountability.

    Did you see last night after the OT, how hard TOEWS chest Bumped and shouted at The Aritst Panarin after the game, like knocked him off his skates, each player ( watch as they exit and pass by the captain, its funny ) some he’ll nod, or smile and some he’ll flatten or even head bump? Silly I know, but he is in charge like Michael Jordan when you WIN people listen . . .real close.

    all my best
    go hawks

  • February 5, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    One comment . . .rinse and repeat must use caps sorry!


    they must lead the league in too many men on the ice

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  • February 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Shaw was pretty much nailed to the bench the last part of the third period. I absolutely love Shaw, but that was a good move by Q et al. The Blackhawks needed to stay out of the box, and the game had gotten nutty.
    Seabrook on the three on three was a little tough to watch at times. Keith.. of course he belongs out there during the OT. I’m not so sure about Seabrook. He seemed a little bit uncomfortable in that format.
    Another game where I’m very grateful the Captain plays for our team!
    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  • February 5, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Just to follow up about Graham Knott-nice frame, played center and got the first penalty kill minutes. The negative is he didn’t stand out and will need to improve his skating to play at the next level. (Ho-Sang can fly, and process the game at a quick pace–although he does float at times, and another player with a similar frame to Knott-Ryan MacInnis is at this point a much better player.)

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