Gotta See It: Missed call on Toews’ shorty?

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews takes a shot on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov.


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.