Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews scored a natural hat trick Tuesday night, leading the team to a 6-5 victory against the Ottawa Senators.
Captain Serious turned the game around from a 4-2 Senators’ favor in the second to a 5-4 lead in the third.
“Johnny had a special game,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “If you’re a fan and you watched him play tonight, you’re going to go, ‘Wow.’
“It was a special performance and that line had a great night, as well. They had high-quality chances and they had the puck. They were dangerous off the rush, but that was one of those performances as a fan you get to see [and] you’ll remember it.”
Another hero for the game was Corey Crawford, who took over about halfway through the second, after the Senators scored four goals on Nickolai Khabibulin, Tuesday’s original netminder.
Crawford saved 14 goals to win the game.
Andrew Shaw scored the first and last goals for the Hawks, one on a Power Play to start the game and the other in the third period.
Marian Hossa racked up his 100th goal for the Blackhawks in the second period of the game.
The Blackhawks are off to Winnipeg this weekend, where Toews will likely get a welcome from the home crowd as they take on the Jets at 2 p.m. CT Saturday. They’ll play the Flames at 6:30 p.m. CT Sunday.
It’s unknown whether Khabibulin will have a spot in net.