The Blackhawks thought they would have a low-scoring game when they hosted the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 29.
The Sens had been one of the toughest defensive teams in the league in 2013, and they appearrf to have the same kind of make-up headed into this season.
It has not worked out that way. Craig Anderson has not been able to match his 2013 performance very often, and the Blackhawks scored six goals against Anderson and the Senators.
Nobody did more damage than Jonathan Toews. He scored three consecutive goals, including one in the second period and two in the third.
The second goal of the hat trick was special. Johnny Oduya had the puck in the neutral zone, and he brought the puck into the offensive zone with speed. Toews was on the far side of the ice, and he streaked to the net.
Oduya fed Toews a perfect pass, and he caught up to it on the left side of the net. He made a perfectly timed tip, and the puck flew up into the top of the net.
It was a perfect combination play between Oduya and Toews, and one of the prettiest goals of the season.