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Jonathan Toews continues his torrid play

CHICAGO -- If he keeps this up, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is going to start generating MVP talk, let alone scoring-title chatter.

Toews had two goals and an assist on the Hawks’ three tallies in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night. And he won 15 of 17 faceoffs. He did it all.

“Toews has been hot lately. I thought Kane complemented him in a lot of ways tonight,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Toews was hot before Kane joined him on the Hawks’ top line and he’s stayed hot since. His two tallies on Monday gave him 17 for the season, tops in the league. His first one woke the Hawks up from a slumber.

“To score that first goal I think is huge for our team,” Toews said. “It got the crowd into it.”

The fans must have liked what they saw when Toews went top shelf to open the scoring for the home team in the second period. A few minutes later he tipped in a Duncan Keith shot from the point, but his best play was his assist to Kane to complete his three-point period.

Toews is second in the league in scoring with 32 points.

Emery’s evening

Ray Emery entered the game for Corey Crawford early in the second period but wasn’t tested until the shootout, when he gave up two goals on two shots.

“You have to make a save, but at the same time guys make good plays,” he said. “If we get a chance to practice, I practice that as good as you can. That’s all you can do.”

It was his first participation in a shootout since Nov. 7, 2009 as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Overall, Emery made 11 saves before the shootout as he makes a bid for more playing time. Quenneville has indicated it could be coming.

“I’m just trying to get better every day,” Emery said. “It’s a process.”

Slappers

  • Kane recorded his 22nd assist, best in the league.

  • Thanks to Toews’ prowess in the face-off circle, the Hawks won 64 percent of their draws.

    Quotable

  • “We had a look there with Hoss there. It was a good opportunity there.” -- Quenneville, on a prime shorthanded chance by Marian Hossa when goalie Mike Smith left the net.