During the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night, team captain Jonathan Toews reached a very special milestone that no Hawks player has reached in 15 years.
With his first period goal, Toews became Blackhawks player to reach 250 goals with the organization since Tony Amonte reached that milestone in 2001 . The goal, a shorthanded tally in the first period, puts Toews just two goals behind Kenny Wharram for ninth place on the team’s all-time scoring list.
Needless to say, it will not be another 15 years before another Blackhawks player hits the 250-goal mark. Patrick Kane currently is sitting at 248 goals, and with two games left in the regular season, he could conceivably catch and pass his teammate on the scoring list before the year is out.
Despite the closeness of the race between Toews and Kane, the captain is closing in on some noteworthy names on the team's all-time list. He is currently just eight goals behind Bill Moisenko for eighth on the list, and he trails Jeremy Roenick by 17 tallies. Tony Amonte is 18 clear of Toews, and Dennis Hull is 48 up, so the Blackhawks’ captain could make some serious progress on the list in the next year or two.
The goal came in traditional Toews fashion. With Marcus Kruger in the penalty box, Toews intercepted a Coyotes pass at the blue line, and with Oliver Ekman-Larsson providing a ton of pressure on the backcheck, Toews bulldozed his way to the net and beat Louis Domingue for the breakaway tally to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.