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Toews has two goals, two assists in Blackhawks win against Maple Leafs

Kane gets 999th NHL point for Chicago, which ties season high with fourth victory in row

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Toews' second goal of game

CHI@TOR: Toews tucks home his second goal of game

Jonathan Toews grabs the puck from behind the net and buries it under Frederik Andersen five hole to score his second goal of the game

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TORONTO -- Jonathan Toews had two goals and two assists for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 6-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

"We're showing some maturity and character as a team," Toews said. "We've found ways to make things interesting in games where we get leads in the first 40 minutes, but we knew we had to be determined to keep our foot down on the pedal. With their offense, when they get going and start feeling it, they can put a lot of pressure on you. There are not a whole lot of leads you feel comfortable with against this team."

Patrick Kane got his 999th NHL point with an assist on Brandon Saad's goal at 11:02 of the first period that gave Chicago a 3-0 lead.

 

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Dominik Kubalik had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks (23-20-6), who matched their season high with their fourth straight win.

"It's been unreal. I'm just still trying to do the small things, get to the net, and shoot if I can," said Kubalik, a 24-year-old rookie who has nine goals in the past seven games. "We're playing good as a line with [Toews and Drake Caggiula], and it's coming from being good in our defensive zone as well."

Video: CHI@TOR: Kubalik bats in his second for amazing goal

Corey Crawford made 31 saves for his second win in a row and third in five starts.

William Nylander scored to extend his point streak to four games for the Maple Leafs (25-17-7), who are 1-3-2 in their past six games.

"Very frustrating. I think when you go through these types of things, such as [an 8-4 loss at the Florida Panthers on Jan. 12], such as this, it's just a sign of where you are, that you're not when you want to be," Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. "Reality checks come. I thought we were an immature team down in Florida, I thought we were an immature team here today. That's how we're approaching these things. We're not performing; we're not playing with any level of discipline or consistency. That's what happens."

Frederik Andersen allowed six goals on 34 shots.

"I think it's time to just look in the mirror right now for everyone here, myself included," Andersen said. "I think it's not a time to point fingers or anything like that. I think you've got to use this week to reflect and make sure we come with more intensity and more purpose when we play after the [All-Star] break."

Caggiula gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead 21 seconds into the game when he banked a shot off Andersen's skate.

Video: CHI@TOR: Caggiula banks puck in for early goal

Toews made it 2-0 at 5:32 when he got past Adam Brooks along the boards, cut toward the net, and shot between Andersen's pads.

Kane extended his point streak to nine games with the assist on Saad's goal. He has four goals and 10 assists in that span.

"I wanted to keep it simple and play good hockey early on," said Saad, who returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with an ankle injury. "For me to get a goal out of the way too, it always gives you some confidence."

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

The Maple Leafs cut it to 3-1 when Nylander scored for the third straight game, shooting past Crawford's blocker from the right face-off dot on the power play 25 seconds into the second period.

Toews scored his second of the night on a wraparound at 3:19 to make it 4-1.

Kubalik took a pass from Toews and shot past Andersen's blocker at 10:58 to put the Blackhawks up 5-1.

Alexander Kerfoot deflected Pierre Engvall's shot at the top of the goal crease at 15:17 to make it 5-2, but Kubalik put Chicago up 6-2 at 17:42 when he swatted a cross-ice, knee-high pass from Toews past Andersen.

"It was maybe a foot or two lower, like along the ice, was more my intention," Toews said. "I just kind of floated one in there and like I say, you can't give a good player a bad pass. I tried my best on that one to give him a bad one, and he still found a way to get his stick on it."

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

 

They said it

"I think we're doing a good job of focusing on the task at hand, and whatever situation we've been finding ourselves in, we've been playing good hockey. It's fun. I think we're playing a complete game right now and showing each other what our potential is if we play the right way, and we're getting results lately for our hard work." -- Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews

"They've got a good team, obviously a lot of very proven players, and we just didn't handle it well. We didn't stick to what we need to do to break them down and what makes us successful. We got away from what our game plan was and got into the way they play." -- Maple Leafs captain John Tavares

 

Need to know

Kubalik is the first rookie with three multigoal games in a four-game span in Blackhawks history. He did not score in a 4-1 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday but had two goals against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday and against the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 11. ... Nylander has three goals and two assists during his point streak. ... Maple Leafs defenseman Timothy Liljegren was minus-1 with one shot on goal in 10:40 in his NHL debut.

 

What's next

Blackhawks: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

Maple Leafs: At the Nashville Predators on Jan. 27 (8 p.m. ET; TVAS, FS-TN, TSN4, NHL.TV)

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