Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Jonathan Toews' Natural Hat-Trick Sparks Blackhawks' Win

Jonathan Toews scored three consecutive goals in a 14:43 span in the second and third periods to rally Chicago from a 4-2 deficit against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, marking the 25-year-old center's first hat-trick since November 17, 2010 in Edmonton.

"It has been a while, so it felt pretty good," Toews said after Chicago's 6-5 win. "It's an exciting thing, it definitely builds your confidence a little bit and hopefully I can ride that out and keep playing well because of it." Prior to Toews' outburst Chicago's backup goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was replaced by Corey Crawford after he allowed four goals on 22 shots. Khabibulin has allowed ten goals in his last two appearances.

But on this night he and the 'Hawks were rescued by the heroics of Toews. Chicago improves to 8-2-3, one point behind upstart Colorado in the Central Division, with the win.

"The goals we gave up, they were just point-blank chances," Toews said. "Unfair to blame out goaltender. We have to improve and I think we did as the game went on."

"It was a special performance," Chicago's coach Joel Quenneville said of Toews' effort. "As a fan you're going to remember that game.

Toews also had an assist earlier in the game. He has seven goals and six assists in 13 games on the season.