CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks’ top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa is proving to be quite a challenge for the rest of the NHL these days.
Just ask the Winnipeg Jets.
Toews scored in the first period and Sharp had a goal and an assist, leading the Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Jets on Wednesday night.
“We’ve had a couple games where we didn’t click as much as we want to, but I think we got back to where we support each other, being in the right areas, and you saw the chances we got,” Toews said. “The more we do that, the more chances we get to score.”
Fellow Winnipeg native Duncan Keith added two assists in Chicago’s fourth win in five games. Patrick Kane scored in the final seconds of the first period, and Brandon Pirri added his third of the season on a breakaway in the second.
Sharp also scored in his hometown of Winnipeg during Saturday’s 5-1 win. Toews is tied with Kane for the team lead with 14 points, and Sharp has three multipoint games this season.
Winnipeg forward Michael Frolik received a standing ovation when he was recognized during a break in the first period in his first game in Chicago since he helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in June. Frolik, who played a pivotal role on Chicago’s penalty-kill unit last season, was traded to the Jets for draft picks at the beginning of the offseason.
Frolik stood in front of the Winnipeg bench and waved as the crowd cheered after the Blackhawks showed some of his highlights from his time in Chicago.
“It was awesome. The fans are great here,” Frolik said. “They’re one of the best in the league, and I really appreciate what they did. It’s something very special and will never forget it.”