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Quick Hits from Blackhawks-Predators: Jordin Tootoo provides early spark

Quick Hits from Blackhawks-Predators: Jordin Tootoo provides early spark

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Blackhawks will likely welcome this break more than they did their bye week. They’re still winning, certainly, their 5-3 decision over the Nashville Predators their 12th victory in their last 13 games. But they’re banged up right now.

So four days off is looking like a beautiful thing. Coach Joel Quenneville said these four days will be used wisely.

“Some [players] will get a couple more days off than the rest,” he said. “It’ll be good for us to try and recapture, stay focused, keep pushing forward. It’s been a good stretch for us, fun, but enjoy some time off for some guys here and let’s come back energized for the last stretch. Because we’re busy.”

We’ll get back to busy later. Now, onto the notables.

What Worked: Jordin Tootoo-Cody McLeod fight. Not sure if McLeod challenged Tootoo or vice-versa, but this was a good thing nevertheless for the Blackhawks. It didn’t matter who won the fracas. Up to that point the Predators were dominating the Blackhawks with zone time and shots on goal (10-1). The Blackhawks responded post fight, outshooting the Predators 10-4 the rest of the period and getting Patrick Kane’s power-play goal for the 1-0 lead after one.

What Didn’t Work: The Blackhawks’ response after second-period goals. Tootoo gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead 11 minutes into the second period. A little more than a minute later the Predators cut that edge to one thanks to Viktor Arvidsson. The one that stung the most came in the final minute, however. Just 14 seconds after Jonathan Toews gave the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead, Calle Jarnkrok cut it to 3-2. The Blackhawks have responded well following their goals over the last few weeks but not so much in the second period on Saturday. 

Star of the game: We’re going with Tootoo for this one. He had the aforementioned momentum-shifting fight, drew a penalty that resulted in a Blackhawks power-play goal and scored his first of the season. Tootoo hasn’t played much this season. But against his former team, he had his best game of the season. 

He Said It: It’s looking like it’s 3-3 and you’re going to overtime, and maybe getting the extra point there and all of a sudden it’s 4-3 and they have to defend their empty net. I thought it was a great play overall that last goal. But I think just the last couple games, [it’s] just having that belief to the end, no matter what happens throughout the game, stay patient and hang in there and have that belief.” — Kane on the Blackhawks’ finding ways to win.

By the Numbers:

400 – Career points for Brent Seabrook, whose two assists on Saturday night helped him reach that milestone.

8 – Consecutive road victories for the Blackhawks, a new franchise record. Their previous seven-game road record was established Dec. 9-29, 1964.

268 – Career goals for Toews, thanks to his second-period goal. Toews is now tied with Tony Amonte for seventh all-time in Blackhawks history.

9 – Goals, in his last five games, for Kane. That includes two goals on Saturday against the Predators and hat tricks against Arizona and Pittsburgh.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis welcome Nick Gismondi into the fold before discussing Friday's win over Columbus. Robin Lehner played stellar and is forming quite a tandem in net with Corey Crawford (4:10), while the DeBrincat/Kane connection is alive and well (6:10), and the Blackhawks' struggles at even strength continued (12:10). Then, the guys react to the breaking news of Kirby Dach's recall from Rockford and discuss where he might fit into this lineup (15:10).

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

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Oct. 19, 2007: An important Blackhawks milestone

Oct. 19, 2007: An important Blackhawks milestone

Oct. 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 that I’d post 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 and 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 and 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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