Jonathan Toews had two points in regulation and a goal in the shootout to help the Blackhawks win 3-2 against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Here are three takeaways:
Go Johnny go
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews picked up a goal and an assist in regulation and scored in the shootout against the Panthers on Saturday. Toews became the first player in NHL history to reach 50 shootout goals.
Patrick Kane scored the final goal of the shootout for the win.
Toews assisted on Dominik Kubalik's second period goal and tied the game 1-1 in the first period, redirecting an Adam Boqvist shot past Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from in front of the net at 12:54.
The Hawks center has 56 points (17 goals, 39 assists) through 65 games this season.
Something to Crow about
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has been making the most of his recent opportunities. Crawford started his fifth consecutive game on Saturday in a strong performance with 38 saves on 40 shots through overtime before stopping both Florida shooters (Frank Vatrano and Mike Hoffman) in the shootout to help Chicago win its second straight game.
The 35-year-old netminder kept the door shut on a Panthers' run from the second to third period in which they were outshooting the Hawks 21-2. The game-tying goal got past him with 1:28 remaining in regulation when Blackhawks defenseman Olli Maatta gave up position spawning a Florida 2-on-1 with Mike Matheson keeping the puck and scoring.
He also saved 36 of 38 shots against the Lightning in Thursday's 5-2 win.
The two-time Stanley Cup champ appeared to be taking over the net a couple games prior to goalie Robin Lehner being traded to the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.
His stellar play of late could do him some good in potentially negotiating an extension to remain in Chicago as he's due to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Dom don't quit
Blackhawks forward Kubalik hasn't seemed to let up much in his sensational rookie season, especially during the second half of the year.
The 24-year-old winger recorded his first NHL hat trick last game against Tampa Bay and picked up an assist against Florida on Saturday.
He assisted on Toews' first period goal that made it 1-1 and seemed to score at 6:21 of the second period to make it 2-1, tipping a Connor Murphy shot from the blue line over Bobrovsky's right shoulder and in, but the goal was later credited to Drake Caggiula, who may have been the one to get a blade on the puck.
Kubalik's 29 goals lead all NHL rookies and his 44 points rank third among first-year players. He has 18 goals in his past 23 games.
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