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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews breaks out with two goals



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Updated: January 29, 2014 6:11AM

Less than a minute into the game Friday, Jonathan Toews took a perfect pass from Duncan Keith, stared into a wide-open net — and shot wide. It wasn’t how he had hoped things would go after spending the morning talking about being more aggressive and scoring more goals after having scored only once in his last 14 games.

“That one didn’t feel good,” he said. “Not a great way to start.”

But it was hardly Toews’ last scoring chance, and he broke out of his slump in a big way with two goals and two assists in the Hawks’ 7-2 rout of the Avalanche.

Despite his lack of scoring, Toews wasn’t terribly frustrated. That’s because the Hawks have been winning, and Toews’ line has had plenty to do with it. Patrick Sharp, his left wing, has 13 goals in the last 15. Marian Hossa, his right wing, has four. And the Hawks have scored 16 power-play goals during the stretch, as well.

Toews said in the morning that he could stand to be more aggressive and followed through on it.

“I tell Hossa and Sharp to shoot the puck whenever they get the chance, and we’ll get rebounds and second opportunities if they don’t go in,” Toews said. “I’ve got to start thinking the same way.”

Crawford close

Goalie Corey Crawford worked out on the ice before the morning skate and has made “real good progress,” coach Joel Quenne­ville said. Crawford might travel with the team to
St. Louis but will not play.

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