Toews has 'special game' in Hawks' win

October, 29, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is a firm believer that confidence is one of the main ingredients to scoring goals.

Toews was overflowing with that ingredient Tuesday.

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Bill Smith/NHLI/Getty ImagesJonathan Toews recorded hit third career regular-season hat trick as he helped the Blackhawks come back to beat the Senators.
Toews scored three consecutive goals for the Blackhawks and lifted them from a two-goal deficit to a 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators at the United Center.

"Again, when you score a goal or you're in on a goal early in the game, you kind of, I don't want to say a pressure lifted off you, but in a way you're not pressing to get that first goal," said Toews, who now has three career regular-season hat tricks. "You just go out and make plays and eventually the puck comes back to you and you find a way to score another one. You definitely play a little more loose, a little more relaxed when as a line you score early. That's kind of the way that went for us tonight."

Toews began to find that goal-scoring Zen when he set up Marian Hossa for a goal at 7:41 of the second period. Later in the period, Toews put himself on the board with a wraparound goal at 14:30.

And that was only the start.

While the Blackhawks still trailed 4-3 heading into the third period, Toews' second-period goal had boosted the team's confidence to get back into the game and had him wanting even more in the last 20 minutes.

Toews didn't take long to achieve more. He evened the score early in the third period when defenseman Johnny Oduya connected with him in front of the net and Toews guided the puck into the net at 1:20. Less than eight minutes later, Toews completed the comeback and his hat trick by knocking a loose puck into the net. Moments later, a flurry of hats flew onto the United Center's ice.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was impressed from Toews' night in a variety of ways. Quenneville was awed as a coach and a fan of the game.

"Jonny had a special game," Quenneville said. "If you're a fan and you watch him play tonight, you're going to go wild. That was a special performance. That line had a great night as well. They had high-quality chances. They had the puck, they were dangerous off the rush. But that was one of those performances, as a fan if you get to see you'll remember it."

Toews won't be forgetting it any time soon either.

"It's been awhile, so it felt pretty good," Toews said. "It's an exciting thing, I think. Definitely builds your confidence a little bit. Hopefully, I can ride that out and keep playing well because of it."
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26