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THREE THINGS: Go Jonny Go, Kubalik on Fire and Saad's Happy Return

Three takeaways from Chicago's 6-2 win over Toronto Saturday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

Jonathan Toews had two goals and two assists and Dominik Kubalik added two scores and an assist to lead the Blackhawks to a 6-2 victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night in Toronto. The Blackhawks swept their three-game road trip that also included stops in Ottawa and Montreal and have won four in a row overall.

"We're doing a great job of focusing on the task at hand," Toews told reporters in Toronto. "Whatever situation we find ourselves in we're playing good hockey. It's fun. We're playing a complete game right now. We're showing each other what our potential really is if we play the right way. We're getting the results for our hard work."

Drake Caggiula added a goal and an assist and Brandon Saad also scored to support the goaltending of Corey Crawford, who made 31 saves to earn his second consecutive win.

Alexander Kerfoot and William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs but netminder Frederik Andersen allowed six goals on 34 Blackhawks shots.

With wins in eight of their last 11, the Blackhawks stand at 23-20-6 on the season. The Blackhawks have also won seven of their last eight road games.

"Guys are scoring goals, we're also playing well defensively (and) the goaltenders have been great all season so it's all kind of clicking," Saad told reporters. "It's fun to be a part of."

Video: Toews powers Blackhawks to 6-2 victory

Here are three takeaways from the Blackhawks' victory:


Toews remained red-hot with his four-point night, which included his 13th and 14th goals of the season as well as two primary assists. The captain extended his points streak to five games during which Toews has four goals and eight assists.

Video: CHI@TOR: Toews rips a wrist shot home to double lead

The four points gave Toews 798 for his career and after the game joked about a competition with Patrick Kane, who had an assist to come within one point of reaching 1,000 for his career.

"I guess there's a race there," Toews said with a smile. "It's a matter of time before (Kane) gets it so we're excited and hopefully he gets it (Sunday night against the Jets)."

In Toews' last eight games he has five goals and 10 assists and now has 14 goals and 29 helpers this season.

"He's a great player and he has the ability to put up numbers," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "Just like anyone else, though, I just look at how he plays. Of course, I want him to score-it's good for the team because they count up the goals at the end … but if you play well you get rewarded. Maybe you don't produce but you set the table for other guys to produce and I think that's the mentality we need to have in our group.

"You want to get your points but more important it's the job you do for the team when you're on the ice and (Toews) is one of those guys doing a really good job," Colliton continued. "It's nice to see the puck go in for him."


No rookie in the NHL is as hot as Kubalik, who has at least one goal in six of seven games and two-goal efforts in three of last four. In his last eight games, Kubalik has nine goals and four assists and leads all first-year NHLers with 20 goals.

"It's almost unreal," Kubalik told reporters about his recent run. "I mean, I'm just still trying to do the small things … (and) shoot the puck if I can."

Video: CHI@TOR: Toews, Kubalik connect for sweet goal
Kubalik's second goal was one for the highlight reel. Toews sent a backhand pass sailing across the ice and Kubalik batted it out of midair and into the top of the net.

"I don't know what happened there, I was just going to the net and I tried to hit it and it went in," Kubalik told reporters. "It was actually a nice goal but it was lots of luck there."


Saad returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with a ankle injury and didn't miss a step. The winger logged 17:08 of ice time and matched Kane with a team-high four shots on goal.

One of those shots found the back of the net to give the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead after one period. The goal was Saad's 12th of the season and first since Dec. 15.

Video: CHI@TOR: Saad scores from tough angle to extend lead

Before he was injured, Saad was among the Blackhawks' best players this season and his presence in the lineup should provide a big boost.

"I wanted to keep it simple and play good hockey early on and for me to get a goal out of the way, too, always gives you that confidence," Saad told reporters.

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