Jonathan Towes hasn't acquired his reputation as one of hockey's best playoff performers by accident, or via a slick and savvy Blackhawks marketing campaign. Year after year, Chicago's captain steps up in the post-season – and Wednesday in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Toews did it again, scoring the first goal of the night to put the Hawks ahead of Tampa Bay.
Toews hadn't scored in the Cup Final series heading into Game 4 at United Center, so many expected he would contribute sooner than later. And sooner arrived at the 6:49 mark of the second period, when Toews batted a rebound past Bolts goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for his 10th goal and 20th point in 21 post-season games this spring:
The Lightning evened the score on Alex Killorn's 9th goal of the playoffs 5:07 later, but Toews' knack for making an impact during high-pressure situations is as impressive as it gets in the NHL.