Much has been made about Jonathan Toews Olympic performance during Team Canada’s victory over Sweden a few days ago. Toews, now 25, won his second gold medal to go along with his two Stanley Cups, making him one of the most decorated players in the entire NHL regardless of age.
The way Toews performed was quintessential of what Chicago Blackhawks fans have been seeing for years now. Toews was not flashy, but nonetheless was very effective and playing up to the scale of the game. He ended the day having scored his lone goal on one of four shots, but was also a pivotal part of Canada’s incredible team defense.
With the Olympics now over, the Blackhawks and their 10 Olympians have time to recover and prepare for the upcoming stretch, including the teams NHL Stadium Series matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. So much was made about how similar Toews big game performance was to his during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, but even more important may be what Toews did upon his NHL return later that year.
Going back to 2010, Toews came back to the Blackhawks and went on a tear, scoring six points during his next three games. For the month, Toews scored 13 points on four goals and nine assists. That performance was made more impressive considering the Blackhawks went a collective 6-9 on the month. If Toews were to come back and light up the scoreboard alongside Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, the results for the Blackhawks would likely be very different.
Jonathan Toews is clearly the most integral part to a Blackhawks’ repeat or deep playoff run for that matter. Toews is a consistent producer, yes, but as once again proved by Team Canada’s gold medal, is an unparalleled leader and defensive presence. Another hot streak to begin creating momentum for a playoff run would certainly serve Jonathan Toews and the rest of the Blackhawks very well.
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