Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is garnering plenty of praise — as seen in the NHL naming him the "First Star" of February on Tuesday — for the torrid streak he has been on since Jan. 25.
No player in the NHL has more points than Toews since then. But Toews — being consistent in his team-first, only-winning-matters approach — prefers to look at all the good things his teammates are doing.
"All four lines are bringing something when they're out there," said Toews, who has six goals and 17 assists in 14 games since Jan. 25. "No one is really playing huge minutes up front, and that makes it a lot easier for some of our offensive guys to go out there and really use their speed and keep their energy, especially late in games.
"When you've got all four lines rolling like that, it helps a lot. It keeps your legs fresh."
With that in mind, here's a look at the Hawks' current lines, which Toews credits for the team's surge in the Western Conference standings:
Patrick Sharp—Jonathan Toews—Patrick Kane
Back check: This line has been the Hawks' saving grace the past few seasons. When in doubt and things have hit a rough patch, putting Toews back together with the Patricks is the best option. Coach Joel Quenneville might split them up to balance out offensive players at times, but when they're together they are a force. All three players have been producing lately.
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