October 19, 2007 — The Blackhawks beat the Avalanche 5-3 at the United Center. Pulling up the webpage shows an ordinary early-season NHL game, but it’s quite significant for a few reasons — and not only because of Jonathan Toews’ incredible highlight-reel goal at 06:59 of the first period to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead (please take a minute to find that highlight if you can. It’s a great goal).
Patrick Sharp added a goal at 08:29, and at 14:36, Patrick Kane scored a goal of his own. It was the first goal of Kane’s NHL career.
AND the first time that both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored a goal in the same game.
About five years ago, I started keeping track of when they both scored a goal in the same game. It became a thing. I’d post it on Twitter whenever it happened. And people started asking what their record was when it happened, so I’d have that too. It was, and still is, one of my favorite things to follow when the Blackhawks take the ice.
As of this writing, Toews and Kane have scored a goal in the same game 96 times (102 including postseason). And the Blackhawks are 84-7-5 when they do so (with an additional 6-0 in playoffs), which is to be expected when your best players combine to do good things.
I was curious, so I enlisted the help of the Elias Sports Bureau to take things a bit further.
Believe it or not, Toews & Kane do NOT have the lead among current teammates in instances with a goal in the same game. Here’s that list (regular season only):
101 — Nicklas Backstrom & Alex Ovechkin (Capitals)
96 — Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
94 — Sidney Crosby & Evgeni Malkin (Penguins)
64 — Patrick Marleau & Joe Thornton (Sharks)
63 — Dustin Brown & Anze Kopitar (Kings)
What is probably NOT as surprising is that they don’t have the Blackhawks record in instances with a goal in the same game. Because the Blackhawks have two all-time greats who played a long time together. Here’s that list (regular season only):
139 — Bobby Hull & Stan Mikita
96 — Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane
88 — Steve Larmer & Denis Savard
77 — Bobby Hull & Kenny Wharram
75 — Dennis Hull & Stan Mikita
Toews & Kane may not top the list of current teammates, but the duo from the Nation’s Capitol have but one Stanley Cup together whereas the Chicago tandem has three (though Crosby & Malkin are right there with them). As for trailing Hull & Mikita… well, there’s no shame in that. Plus there’s time to add to that total. There’s a good chance they break triple digits this season, and that will be fun to track. Where will they end up when they hang up the skates? That remains to be seen, as they both seemingly have plenty of good hockey left to be played.
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