Goals finally come for Toews, Sharp

October, 21, 2011
10/21/11
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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DENVER -- They were hearing the whispers but knew better than to believe them.

People may have been wondering when the Chicago Blackhawks' top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Andrew Brunette were going to take off.

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Michael Martin/Getty ImagesJonathan Toews got the Hawks out to an early lead in the first period Thursday.
The other scoring lines had been making some noise and getting production but it didn’t bother this trio. Their chances were coming and finally the goals did as well.

Toews and Sharp scored in the Hawks' 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche Thursday and both were timely goals, in a tight game.

“We weren’t worried,” a smiling Toews said after the game. “We know we just have to keep working hard. Even tonight we could have had two or three more.”

Toews scored, on a beauty of a pass by Dan Carcillo, with an even better shot. Backhand, top shelf. That’s about as hard as it gets.

“Probably, probably,” Toews said. “It’s one of the nicer ones. I’ve been working on little things like that in practice and sometimes if you’re used to it you don’t think twice about it in a game.”

Sharp’s game-winning goal in the third period required multiple chances given the fact that Semyon Varlamov was snuffing out most of the offensive chances in the game for the visitors. But after two back to back stops, Sharp saw his chance.

“I knew he was, maybe not down and out, but recovering to get back,’ Sharp explained. “He made a pretty big save there on Bruno [Brunette] and I wanted to pass to Dunc [Keith] for a big shot but I figured a quick shot from the side there might sneak by him or create a rebound or something like that.”

It snuck by him, all right. And it capped off a productive night by the Hawks least-talked about line in the early going.

“I thought our line played well. We’re moving the puck well, had a lot of scoring chances,” Sharp said. “Nothing different than the first five games, the puck just went in.”

And when the puck goes in, it silences the whispers. Not that the whispers meant anything. Afterall, its Toews and Sharp. How long could they be quiet?

“First things first, you work for your chances and the goals will come,” Toews said.

Thursday, they did.

Kudos: There were praises all around for the pass Carcillo made to Toews for the first goal of the game. “It was a great play,” Toews said. “I think he was at the end of a shift. Great vision, a little back hand pass.”

The quote: “That was probably the best period of the year.” -- Corey Crawford, about the third period.

The quote II: “It was a great little two game road trip for us. We got four points, just what we needed and we’ll go back to our own barn and finish off the week with a lot of energy and keep climbing here.” -- Toews, after the Hawks' two-game sweep on the road.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
6 2 4 0
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 3
AssistsP. Sharp 4
+/-J. Oduya 5
GAAC. Crawford 1.66