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Shocker: Jonathan Toews comes through at playoff time for Hawks with goal, assist in Game 3

A true NHL superstar steps up in high-pressure situations to make a difference, and also makes his teammates better. Chicago's Jonathan Toews was doing both those things in Game 3 against Nashville Sunday with a dazzling goal and slick assist.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

If it's playoff time, it's time for Jonathan Toews to shine. The Blackhawks star proved that yet again Sunday in Game 3 of his team's first-round series against Nashville, scoring Chicago's second goal of the day and chipping in a dandy of a first assist to put the Hawks up 4-2.

With the teams tied at one game apiece in the series and the Game 3 score tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play at Chicago's United Center, Toews came out and scored just 36 seconds into the second period on a wicked wrist shot that beat Predators goalie Pekka Rinne:

The beauty of that goal (Toews' second of the playoffs) came from its beginnings as a defensive play by Toews on Preds center Matt Cullen in Chicago's zone. But Toews' contributions didn't stop there. Twelve minutes and five seconds after he scored to make it 2-1, the 26-year-old added an assist when he corralled the puck in the corner, curled behind Nashville's net and found teammate Brent Seabrook for a one-timer that put the home side up by two:

Makes big-time plays on his own. Makes teammates better. That's the definition of a superstar, and that's Jonathan Toews.

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