Toews shines in Hawks’ eighth straight win

Blackhawks 5, Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) – The streaking Chicago Blackhawks made quick work of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jonathan Toews scored a goal to extend his points streak to nine games and the Blackhawks won their eighth straight game, beating the Maple Leafs 5-3 on Saturday night.

Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Viktor Stalberg and Bryan Bickell also scored for Chicago. The defending Stanley Cup champions took a 3-0 lead in the first period, a night after a 5-2 home victory over Carolina.

“We have an expectation to win and get the two points and I think it’s showing in the way we’re starting games,” Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said.

Added coach Joel Quenneville: “I thought we had a great start. It’s nice to see all four lines, everybody contributing.”

Joffrey Lupul, Joey Crabb and Luke Schenn replied for Toronto, 10-3-4 since the All-Star break. The Maple Leafs had earned at least a point in nine straight games. Coming off a victory over Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia, Toronto remained four points behind eighth-place Carolina.

“It’s good experience for our team to play one of the better teams in the league right now and see what we have to do to get better,” Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. “It would be awful idiotic to say that we were going to win every game the rest of the way. So I have no problem with the game tonight. We’ll move on to the next one, learn our lessons and get better.”

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