If I were ever on a sinking ship, I’d want to look across the deck and see Jonathan Toews in charge of the lifeboats because you know everyone is getting to safety in a single file line holding their toothbrush and enough money to call home.
I do go on about Tazer, particularly the game seven-tying goal against Vancouver in the first round last year. I can’t help it if he scores this by sheer force of will! The Blackhawks didn’t even win, but aside from Parise’s gold medal game-tying goal, I can’t remember being so impressed in a losing effort.
The Hawks and Coyotes went to OT for the fifth straight game last night, tying the NHL record [link]. Between the stress and the lack of sleep these games are causing, I may need to be hospitalized for exhaustion. If you fell asleep before the game-winning goal, well…
This goal is not the singular heroic physical effort of last year, but it finds the back of the net because Toews has patience. Two strides, one look, puck in the net. Game six in Chicago on Monday night.
The moral of the story is: never, ever count Jonathan Toews out. Sometimes he just seems to decide the Hawks won’t lose [post-game interview]. Of all the current NHL captains, he’s the one I’d want for my team – or my ship.
Side note: Stalberggeddon
Viktor Stalberg, WTF? He took all four of the Hawks penalties last night. Luckily the only thing worse than Stalberg’s game was the Phoenix power play, and it didn’t cost Chicago any goals. The Hawks are short-handed up front in the absence of Marian Hossa, but I was still surprised to see Quenville putting Stalberg back out there every few shifts. Luckily he got the sole assist on the Toews OT goal. Stalberg had 10 points in the last 12 regular-season games and the Hawks could really use that now. Come on, Foxy Friday!