March 20, 2017
Jonathan Toews made more Chicago Blackhawks history in leading a ferocious comeback over the Colorado Avalanche Sunday night, but it did not come without some controversy.
Toews scored his first of two third period goals to cut the Avalanche lead to 3-2 midway through the third period. Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar challenged the play for being offside and it looked like he was going to win and get the goal taken off the board as Toews appeared to still be in the zone when the puck crossed the blue line.
However, the goal was upheld as the replay was ruled inconclusive because the officials could not tell if Richard Panik had control of the puck when it crossed into the offensive zone. Remember when offside was as simple as a player being in the zone before the puck?
After Panik and Richard Panik added two more goals in 34 seconds, Toews struck again for his 20thgoal of the season.
The goal made Toews just the fourth player in Blackhawks franchise history to score at least 20 goals in each of his first 10 NHL seasons. Patrick Kane, Steve Larmer and Denis Savard are the other three players to accomplish this feat.
Oh, and then there is this awesome stat too!
#Blackhawks 35-0-0 in last 35 games where Kane & Toews each score a goal (regular season)— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) March 20, 2017