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Quick Hits: Jonathan Toews, top line have productive game in Blackhawks' OT win over Wild

Quick Hits: Jonathan Toews, top line have productive game in Blackhawks' OT win over Wild

Sometimes, you need to change the way things are going.

The Blackhawks did that on Wednesday, snapping an eight-game, regular-season winless streak with their 4-3 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild. We’re doing it in this space, too.

So let’s mix things up a bit with Quick Hits to take away from Wednesday night’s Blackhawks-Wild game.

What Worked: The top line. Jonathan Toews looked especially good, collecting three points including the game-winning goal in overtime. But it was a productive night, overall, for the line of Toews, Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik. Schmaltz’ goal, off a pass from Toews, gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead at the time. Panik’s goal, from Niklas Hjalmarsson and Toews, gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead late in the second. Coach Joel Quenneville has had this group together for a few games. It looks like the chemistry is building.

What Didn’t Work: Several shifts following Schmaltz’s goal. The Blackhawks know one of their most important shifts comes after they score, yet they faltered not long after taking a 2-0 lead early in the second. Just 37 seconds after Schmaltz’s goal Jared Spurgeon scored to cut the Blackhawks’ lead to 2-1, and the Wild would keep creating chances over the next few minutes.

*Honorable mention for What Didn’t Work: The land line (apparently) during the Blackhawks’ review of Zach Parise’s goal. Linesman Ryan Daisy had to switch to a cell phone in what was an unnecessarily long review.

He Said It: “Yeah, we think it was offside but I guess it might not have been conclusive from their vantage point. That’s it.” Quenneville on the lost challenge of Zach Parise’s goal.

By the Numbers:

Jan. 11, 2015 – The last time (prior to Wednesday) the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild in a regular-season matchup.

3 – Goals in as many games for Ryan Hartman.

284 – Consecutive games played by Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle, a franchise record.

597 – Career points for Jonathan Toews, who had three (goal, two assists) against the Wild on Wednesday night. Toews passed Jeremy Roenick and is now ninth on the Blackhawks’ all-time points list.

6:10 – Time, in minutes and seconds (via Minneapolis Star Tribune), of the coaches’ challenge review of Zach Parise’s goal. That’s just a tad too long.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Joel Quenneville returns to the United Center

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Joel Quenneville returns to the United Center

David Haugh, Charlie Roumeliotis, and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - Joel Quenneville returns to the United Center. The guys look back at his 3 Cups in Chicago and discuss his place among the greatest Chicago coaches of all-time.

9:00 - The Blackhawks have won 5 straight and are 3 points out of a wild card spot. Are the playoffs in their future?

12:00 - Patrick Kane has reached 1,000 points. Will he end up at the Blackhawks all-time leading scorer? Could he end up being the greatest Blackhawk ever?

18:00 - Jonathan Toews joins Kap to talk about Joel Quenneville's return, Kane's 1,000th point and the team's winning streak?

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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Blackhawks fans with nothing but love for Joel Quenneville in his return

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Blackhawks fans with nothing but love for Joel Quenneville in his return

Blackhawks fans are an extremely loyal bunch so it should come as no surprise that they have nothing but love for Joel Quenneville in his return to Chicago with the Flordia Panthers. The Blackhawks players have echoed that same thing, with Toews stating how much Coach Q meant to the city of Chicago:

Blackhawks fans brought out the Coach Q memorabilia in droves:

Coach Q got the last laugh on Tuesday night, as the Panthers walked out of the United Center with a convincing 4-3 win despite the Blackhawks getting a solid offensive output, including Kaner's 1,001st career point

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