Chicago

Generational Greats

on

You have those like Orr, Lafleur, Gretzky, Lemieux, and Messier. Then you have Crosby, Stamkos, Toews, and soon to what seems to be the next generation great in Connor McDavid. But all these players helped in their own ways and there was just something special about Jonathan Toews coming in clutch last night for the Blackhawks in a 4-3 win in Buffalo.

The Blackhawks seemingly were just going to check this one off as a victory after the first period, but something was amiss, the Sabres started scoring goals and outplaying the Blackhawks. It was as if the Blackhawks were stunned for the second half of that hockey game. And out from behind the wall of white Hawk jerseys came Jonathan Toews, putting the team on his back and ripping a backhand and a wrister past Lindback giving the Hawks a very necessary victory heading into Sunday’s Easter showdown with the St. Louis Blues.

The win against the Sabres was much needed because they will be throwing their 4-game winning streak on the line instead of having to worry why and how they lost in Buffalo a couple nights before. Heading into this last week of regular season hockey, the Blackhawks have to really man up and go all out if they want their shot at home ice, and a division title. With only being one point behind the Blues and the Predators, who stand at 103 points, it is going to be one tight Central division race. The Hawks will be playing the Blues twice in this last week, along with the borderline playoff contending Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche.

We have grown accustomed to winning very much as we have had the privilege to watch the best Captain in Blackhawks history work his magic through the years. Whether it be Olympic Medals, Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe, a Selke Trophy, you name it, Jonathan Toews has likely tried to put his foot in the door and tried to accomplish it. He just recently became the longest-tenured Captain for the Blackhawks by passing Pierre Pilote this season. Not to mention the guy is only 26, who knows what he could accomplish for the Blackhawks in the coming years.

There are times in a season where a leader needs to be present and Jonathan Toews did just that last night. Taking complete control of a game when necessary and leading them out of the building victorious. We shouldn’t be taking these things for granted, we may never see another Jonathan Toews in a Blackhawks sweater again. The man, the myth, the legend, Jonathan Toews everyone.

However not every storied blog can end on just that. There are other team woes that must be brought up. Along the likes of young defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk for example. A guy who was coming out of college and put on a display of talent and hope for the back end of the Blackhawks defensive pairing, got hurt once again. TVR is going to be undergoing surgery on his wrist and it will take at least 8 weeks for his recovery. Seems like the kid can’t catch a break after his knee injury back in mid November.

Lets just hope for the best of recoveries for him and all we can do is hope that he returns to the ice healthy and injury free in the years to come.

Recommended for you