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Toews wows crowd with goal vs. Wings
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 12/7/2008 12:02 AM

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DETROIT - Jonathan Toews might never score a prettier goal than the one last season against Colorado at the United Center, when he stickhandled around several Avalanche defenders then deked goalie Jose Theodore out of his pads.

But Toews came close in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Red Wings.

Toews' second goal of the game at 16:27 of the first period came after he went around Dan Cleary with a deke that brought gasps from the crowd at Joe Louis Arena. Toews continued to the net and deked again to beat goalie Ty Conklin.

"I just started skating toward the middle because (Cleary) was back there and I saw that the D-man was far enough across the ice," Toews said. "I just tried to cut back and the next thing I knew I was past him and still had space to go to the net.

"It's fun to score a goal like that; it was exciting."

But Toews said he would have rather won the game.

That's 5 goals in the last five games for Toews, who appears to be heating up is offensive game after a slow start.

A real adventure: Talk about an eventful night for Cristobal Huet.

The Hawks' goalie experienced a little bit of everything in Saturday's loss.

The game started in nightmarish fashion for the Hawks and Huet, who found themselves trailing 2-0 less than five minutes into the first period.

After Valtteri Filppula scored off Huet's glove at 1:32 on Detroit's first shot, it became 2-0 at 4:33 when Huet lost the puck behind the net to Filppula while trying to clear. Filppula fed Jiri Hudler for the open-net goal.

"Nothing plays and the next thing you know, bingo," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

The Hawks were leading 4-2 early in the second period when Huet finally caught a break.

It appeared a shot from the left circle by Mikael Samuelsson beat Huet to the short side to make it 4-3. A bad goal? Not so fast. The play was reviewed, and replays showed Huet's skate lifted the net just enough for the puck to go through the side.

Tip-ins: Most of the Hawks and several Red Wings wore Winter Classic toques in Saturday's pregame warmup. ... Nikolai Khabibulin skated again Saturday morning but didn't participate in the full team practice. ... There are good seats still available for tonight's game against Phoenix, according to the Hawks.