Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Streaking Toews

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews has scored at least a point in 13 consecutive playoff games, tallying 25 points over the streak. He has a shot at the all-time record for one playoff year of Bryan Trottier. Trotts scored in 18 straight post-season matches in 1981 scoring in each and every game that playoff totalling 29 points. Wayne Gretzky in 1988 and Al MacInnis in 1989 each scored in 17 straight games. Gretz scored 41 points in his 17 games (including the re-played "power failure" game at Boston Garden in the final). MacInnis notched 26 points in his 17 game streak. Both of them won the Conn Smythe in their respective years, Trottier however did not. No, Mike Bossy's 17 goals and 35 points didn't beat Trottier, it was Butch Goring's heart and leadership...and his 20 points.
Toews also has a chance to become the highest scoring playoff performer aged 21 or under in NHL history. He just turned 22, but in NHL terms this is his 21 year old season. His 26 points are fifth most all-time, one behind Sidney Crosby in 2008, two behind Eric Staal in '06 and five back of Sid the kid last season. The number one all-time playoff scorer among under 22 year olds may be a bit of a surprise. In 1983, Boston's Barry Pederson scored 14 goals, 18 assists and 32 points in 17 games. With a good final series Toews could take this record and most likely a Conn Smythe Trophy of his own.

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