Jonathan Toews Nearly Pulled Off a Miracle in Game 5 (Video)
Jonathan Toews is often referred to by those in the hockey world as “Captain Serious,” but during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday, the Blackhawks captain nearly developed a new nickname for himself: “Captain Clutch.”
Of course, Toews has a long history of clutch performances on hockey’s biggest stages. At the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge back in 2005, he scored the game-winning goal for Canada West in the finals and was named tournament MVP. Then, in 2007, he won his second consecutive World Junior gold medal with Canada thanks to a remarkable shootout performance that saw him score on all three of his attempts to lead his team past the USA in their semi-final game. In 2010 he was named the “Best Forward” at the Winter Olympics while leading Canada to gold, and he would later add a Stanley Cup championship and a Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP to his resume.
Simply put, Jonathan Toews doesn’t just play on winning teams. He makes winning teams. And on Monday, he almost single-handedly made the Chicago Blackhawks Game 5 winners when he helped his team erase a 4-2 deficit by scoring two goals with less than two minutes remaining in regulation:
Unfortunately, this was one overtime that the Blackhawks didn’t come out on the winning end of, as a goal by Matt Beleskey just 45 seconds into the extra frame gave the Ducks their first overtime victory of the series—and with it, a 3-2 series lead over the Hawks.