Chicago captain Jonathan Toews
is bucking the trend this week and for once he's refusing to abide by the same "one game at a time" cliché heard too often from professional athletes.
The Blackhawks start a stretch of six straight road games coming out of the All-Star break, so Toews is looking at their games coming up -- Saturday at Detroit, Sunday vs. Philadelphia and Tuesday vs. Minnesota -- as a mini three-game series.
Chicago has won four of its last five games and Toews said the team is now starting to realize its potential, that the Hawks have been playing their best hockey of the season. Blowing that momentum now would eliminate the championship vibe that has returned to the Hawks dressing room.
"We're playing well right now and we know there is another break coming up, so it's time to empty your tank, put everything you can into these games," Toews told NHL.com Thursday. "Everyone says you take it one game at a time, but it's kind of like a little series and we want to set a high standard for ourselves, not let these games get away from us."