Jonathan Toews entered Saturday night’s contest against Tampa Bay without a goal this season. He finished the game with a highlight-reel tally that could challenge for goal of the year. Watch as Toews uses a one-handed move to beat two defenders before scoring with a backhand.
Jonathan Toews entered Saturday night’s contest looking for his first goal of the season, and the Blackhawks’ captain ended the night with a highlight-reel tally to give Chicago an overtime victory.
In a rematch of the Stanley Cup final, Lightning goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis and Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford turned away every shot they saw in regulation, with Crawford getting some timely saves from his posts. So with the overtime frame beginning, fans were settled in for what appeared to be a game destined to head to a shootout. Toews had different ideas.
Just 17 seconds into the extra period, Toews had deked two Lightning defenders with a remarkable one-handed move and buried a spectacular backhanded shot for the game-winner:
The move Toews used to beat Lightning center Valtteri Filppula was awesome and his presence of mind to stick with the puck for a second attempt with defenseman Anton Stralman draped all over him is what makes Toews such a great player.
Toews’ goal was his fourth point of the season, which only puts him on pace for 41 points this season. He has never scored fewer than 54 points in a season and never once has Toews mustered fewer than 68 points in a season which he plays more than 76 games. He’ll need to pick it up if he wants to reach that mark in 2015-16.