Tuesday, March 1, 2011
By Chris Boden
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was named the NHL's Player of the Month Tuesday morning.
He led the league in scoring during February with 21 points on six goals and 15 assists as he led the team to an 8-3-2 record. He was also a plus-13 for the month.
For his career in the month of February, Toews has 49 points in 41 games (19 goals, 30 assists), and was named the Olympics' Most Outstanding Forward for gold-medal-inning Team Canada in last February's Winter Games.
Toews' former Stanley Cup-winning teammate, Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, was named the month's number-two star.
Chris Boden is the host of Blackhawks Pre and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle is joined by Tracey Myers and they discuss the Blackhawks impressive 9-1 month of February. Plus, why the offensive surge for Jonathan Toews?
They also discuss the maturation of Tanner Kero and Nick Schmaltz this season. What should we expect from Tomas Jurco and will Stan Bowman add a veteran blue liner before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
Jonathan Toews was named the NHL's second star for the week ending Feb. 26 after recording four goals and five assists in three games, all of which resulted in Blackhawks wins.
The 28-year-old captain kicked off the week with a hat trick and five-point effort in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild, then followed that up with two assists in a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
He wrapped up the week by scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues to extend his point streak to six games. He has five goals and eight assists during that span.
Toews now ranks third on the team with 46 points and is tied for fifth with 16 goals.
Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg (eight goals and two assists in four games) and Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau (two goals and six assists in four games) were named the first and third stars, respectively.