Found February 14, 2013 on
from Ben Strauss of the New York Times,
Blackhawks players seemed at a loss to explain their scorching start.
Right wing Patrick Kane, tied for second in the league through Wednesday with 20 points, said of his success, “Sometimes the puck finds you.”
Or as the captain Jonathan Toews put it, “I don’t know if there’s a method to the madness.”
What is clear is that Chicago, which plays the San Jose Sharks on Friday in only its fourth home game of the season, is the N.H.L.’s best team right now.
Entering Thursday’s games, the Blackhawks were second in the league in scoring (3.31 goals per game), fourth in goals-against average (1.92), and first in goal differential (1.38 per game) by nearly half a goal.
Kane, 24, is leading the charge. He spent the lockout playing in Europe, scoring 23 points in 20 games and living in a small city in Switzerland with his mother. “Maybe I had a little bit of a head start playing over in Switzerland,” he said, almost sheepishly.
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It’s not often that you see two superstars pair off to go at it with each other, but that’s exactly what happened on Friday night when the Chicago Blackhawks took on the San Jose Sharks. Sharks captain Joe Thornton has 26 fights under his belt now, and this gives Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews three total fights for his career. Toews was incensed the entire shift and was...
The Chicago Blackhawks are off to an incredible start. After 14 games they are yet to suffer a loss in regulation. They have scored 19 goals more than they have allowed. A big part of their success is the play of Jonathan Toews. He is a great two-way player and my pick for the Selke Trophy at this point.
While playing on the league's top team he is clearly a step...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Andrew Brunette helped the Minnesota Wild for six seasons as a gritty forward willing to do the dirty work down low and along the boards. Now, he will try to help the team by finding players who compete the same way.
Brunette, 39, announced his retirement after 16 seasons in the NHL and Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher said he will join the organization...
I think Toews feels Thornton embellished the call a bit.
Both received 5 for fighting, Toews received 2 for boarding and 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct, probably starting a fight with a visor on.
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The Blackhawks picked up a point last night against a very strong Western team, the Anaheim Ducks, remaining unbeaten in regulation.
They weren't outworked or outchanced, but they were lucky to get the point.
Rookie Brandon Saad's sheer athleticism was on display in the second period when he launched a shot in mid-air that counted as a goal...
Joe Thornton vs. Jonathan Toews. In a hockey fight. Let me repeat that for you. Joe Thornton vs. Jonathan Toews in a hockey fight. How rare is that? IT’S REAL F-ING RARE.
Toews had, until last night, just two fights in the NHL. TWO. Let me repeat, Jonathan Toews had just two fights in the NHL until last night when he instigated Joe Thornton (his NHL fight card).
Both are captains...
Last week I took a look at a possible Team Canada roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Today I’ll take a look at a possible Team U.S.A. roster. Let me know what you think, perhaps throw your own roster out there if you have the time. Forwards Patrick Kane – Ryan Callahan [...]