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Hat trick brings smile to Toews

EDMONTON -- There are few things more frustrating for an offensive player than getting good scoring chances and not capitalizing. For Jonathan Toews, that all changed on Wednesday night.

Toews earned a hat trick in the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers, scoring the first three goals of the game.

“A lot of these games lately I’ve been getting quite a few chances,” Toews said. “It’s only a matter of time before Kaner [Patrick Kane] and [Viktor] Stalberg start getting frustrated with me because it hasn’t been going in for me, but you get a couple of lucky breaks and it gives you confidence.”

Toews got one lucky break when his second goal went in off of an Edmonton skate, but he made the first and third ones no-doubters by crashing the net and by placing a perfect wrist shot by Nikolai Khabibulin.

“When Johnny gets going, he gets on a roll,” Quenneville said. “I don’t want to say he’s streaky, but he can score in bunches.”

If Toews is to be a serious MVP candidate in his career, his production has to go up. Winning faceoffs and being tough to play against certainly help win games but so does scoring. Toews felt it was coming.

“That’s what I’ve been telling myself, and hopefully I was right in a certain way,” he said. “That’s two good games in a row for us as a team and personally, I just want to keep playing that way and keep helping our team out offensively.”

His buddy, Kane, assisted on two of the goals and that line, with Stalberg, was dominant.

“It’s nice to see it from him, but more important it got us off to a good start, and we seemed to control the game,” Kane said.

Kane playmaking, Toews finishing. Sounds like a formula to rack up some points. On Wednesday they did just that and Captain Serious had a rare postgame smile on his face.

Three goals will do that to you.