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Article updated: 5/25/2013 11:52 PM

Hawks captain finally lights the lamp

Jonathan Toews, left, talks with referee Stephen Walkom during the second period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings in Chicago, Saturday, May 25, 2013.

Jonathan Toews, left, talks with referee Stephen Walkom during the second period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings in Chicago, Saturday, May 25, 2013.

 

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Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, right, saves a shot by Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews, left, during the second period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinals in Chicago, Saturday, May 25, 2013.

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, right, saves a shot by Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, left, during the second period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinals in Chicago, Saturday, May 25, 2013.

 

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In a perfect world, the Blackhawks would be celebrating the first and second goals of the playoffs by captain Jonathan Toews and the first and second power-play goals by the team since the Paleozoic Era.

But this isn't a perfect world, and when you're fighting for your playoff lives like the Hawks are, three out of four ain't bad.

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And for Toews, who looked like he should've gotten credit for back-to-back goals in the second period of the Hawks' 4-1 victory over Detroit in Game 5 of this Western Conference semifinal series, he'll take it anyway can.

He'll take it especially because the overall result Saturday was a 4-1 victory and further playoff life for his Hawks.

Oh, and it didn't hurt that Toews' lone goal of the playoffs came on the power play, a power play which was 3-for-25 in the playoffs and just 1-for-12 in the series against Detroit heading into Saturday.

"It builds confidence, I don't care who you are," Toews said of his tally, which bounced off the shoulder of Jimmy Howard's left shoulder. "When you see it go in you know that you can do it again.

"That's a good feeling, not only for myself, but for the team."

And after scoring a total of 2 goals in their last three games, getting 4 in one night was a perfect capper for Toews and Co.

"It's fun to play that way when everyone's chipping in and everyone is playing for each other," Toews said.

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