Toews scored two goals on four shots in his return to the Blackhawks lineup Thursday. Toews was suspended for Monday's game against the Avalanche after missing the All-Star game due to an illness, but made up for lost time by potting a shorthanded second-period tally along with the overtime winner in his return. Chicago's captain had gone scoreless in each of his previous five appearances, but it looks like the extended break was all he needed to find his scoring touch.
Toews (suspension) will rejoin the lineup Thursday against the Coyotes, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Toews dealt with an illness that kept him out of the All-Star Game, and it required him to miss Monday's game due to a mandatory one-game suspension. He's served that suspension, and is now set to rejoin the lineup and the Blackhawks' top line alongside Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa, barring a setback of some kind.
Toews will miss the All-Star game due to illness, resulting in a automatic one-game suspension from the NHL, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Toews will miss the Blackhawks' Feb. 2 meeting with the Avalanche due to an NHL rule that mandates that any player that sits out the All-Star game must also sit out the team's first contest following the break. The center ended January on a five-game scoring drought and will have to wait a little longer for his chance to stop his skid.
Toews scored twice -- once on the power play -- in Sunday's win over the Canadiens. Both of Toews' tallies came in the second period, as he broke a 1-1 tie before later adding the game-winning goal. The captain continues to be a reliable point producer and he's gotten off to a strong start in the new year, recording 11 points in nine games since the start of 2016.
Toews tallied three points -- one goal, two assists -- in Sunday's win over the Avalanche. Toews also finished with a plus-3 rating in the contest, giving him five points and a plus-5 in the past two games. The captain is up to 31 points, a bit down from his pace of the previous two seasons, but still a strong total through 44 games.
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