It’s sometimes easy to forget how skilled Jonathan Toews is offensively because his two-way play often overshadows what he’s able to do with the puck on his stick. Well, if anyone had forgotten about Toews’ ability to rip a pinpoint accurate wrist shot, the Chicago Blackhawks captain gave everyone a friendly reminder Wednesday.
In the first period of the Blackhawks tilt against the Sharks, Toews scooped up a loose puck that had been tipped by Ryan Garbutt. Toews burst away and defenseman Brent Seabrook hopped up into the play to create somewhat of a 2-on-1. With Dainius Zubrus closing off the passing lane, Toews looked off Seabrook and rifled a shot past Martin Jones that couldn’t have been any more perfectly placed:
We give Toews an A+ for the shot, but he gets an F for the post-goal high-five with defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk. He completely misses with his swipe to the point it almost appears Toews is swatting van Riemsdyk’s hand out of the way.
The goal gave Toews eight on the campaign and 15 points in 22 games. He’s now on a 56-point pace, which is well off of his career average of .89 points per game. Right now, Toews is notching just .68 points per outing, and looks like he could finish below the 60-point plateau for the first time in any season he has played at least 65 games.
That’s not surprising considering Toews has been somewhat streaky this season. In his first seven games, he hadn’t found the back of the net, but the five games following he scored five goals and two overtime winners. That was then followed by a five-game goal drought and now he has scored three times in his past five outings.
However, Toews can heat up at any moment, and his goal against San Jose is a prime example. With that kind of skill, Toews can go on a tear and push himself well past the 60-point plateau.