Gotta See It: Missed call on Toews’ shorty?

Watch as Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland knocks the stick out of the hands of Colorado Avalanche defenceman Jamie McGinn assisting in the game tying goal of Jonathan Toews.

 

Gotta See It: For a streak as remarkable as the Chicago Blackhawks’ run of 30 consecutive regular-season games with a point, a team needs to catch the odd break.

And sometimes that break comes in the form of an un-blown whistle.

With the ’Hawks trailing 2-1 in the third period and down a man to the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday – Chicago’s ridiculous streak on the brink of being extinguished – Jonathan Toews broke free shorthanded and busted into the Avs’ zone with a head of steam.

The captain got a little help, though, from Dave Bolland, who dished Toews a soft pass and then chopped the stick out of defender Jamie McGinn’s gloves.

Had McGinn had a piece of graphite in his hands, he might have been able to prevent Toews from sweeping in and dekeing Semyon Varlamov for the game-tying, momentum-swinging goal. (Not to take away from Toews’ nasty puck-handling.)

Blast those Fratellis, Roberto Luongo.

 

The referee did not call Bolland for slashing or interference on the play, and Chicago added another late in the third to win 3-2 and keep their remarkable run going.

The victory also helped Chicago “backup” Ray Emery become the first goaltender in NHL history to start a season 10-0.

“We just had to get that one goal to put them on their heels a little bit, and it did,” Chicago’s captain said during his postgame on-ice interview. “We had a lot of positive talk going into the third period. With what we’ve been through lately, it really helps give us that confidence we somehow, some way, are going to find a way.”

It’s now been 348 days since the Chicago Blackhawks, with an assist from the lockout, have lost a regular-season contest in 60 minutes.

Chicago’s overall points streak is the second-longest in NHL history; the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers set the league record at 35 games with a 25-0-10 rip. The ‘Hawks have even impressed LeBron James, whose own Miami Heat is enjoying a 16-game streak of Ws.