Jonathan Toews delivers a ‘Jonathan Toews performance’ when needed – [Update News]

There had been Jonathan Toews’ moments.

There hadn’t been Jonathan Toews’ game.

That Tuesday was his last.

Toews put together arguably his best overall performance since returning from his season-long absence and did so seemingly on cue as it was exactly what the Blackhawks needed from their captain in a show-me-what-you-got type of game.

Although the Blackhawks fell to the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3 in overtime at United Center, it was one of those rare games where the final score was not as important as what Toews and Blackhawks did Tuesday night. Coming into the Central Division matchup on a four-game losing streak, which included two embarrassing losses over the weekend, the Blackhawks displayed an effort and determination Tuesday that had been missing as of late and battled one of the league’s elite teams. And Toews was an important part of that.

The Blackhawks appeared to be heading for another loss after 20 minutes. The Avalanche jumped out to a 2-0 lead and it could have been worse if not for a few highlight saves by Marc-André Fleury. The conversation on the Blackhawks right now would be very different if it had stayed the same.

Toews made sure that didn’t happen, though. In the second period, he returned to the ice and played like a possessed player. He was all over the ice. He seemed to be finding the puck at all times, but it was actually him finding the puck. He could read the play, read the puck and read his opponents. He also read his teammates. All of it was a positive experience. It was Toews-style.

He altered shift after shift during the second period.