Highlights: Toews scores early, Blackhawks score often in 4-1 victory

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Held off the scoresheet in his return to Winnipeg last week, Jonathan Toews made up for it in the rematch against his hometown team.

Flying all night, the captain sparked the Blackhawks with an early goal and the defending Stanley Cup champs went on to throttle the Jets 4-1 in front of 21,122 fans Wednesday night at the United Center.

“I was lucky enough to get that chance early,” said Toews, who took a nice feed from Patrick Sharp, shifted the puck from his forehand to his backhand and tucked it past Jets goaltender Al Montoya to get the Hawks off and running. “It’s always nice to see a couple go in here and there. We had another good, collective effort.”

In addition to Toews’ goal, Sharp had a goal and an assist, Patrick Kane and Brandon Pirri also scored and Duncan Keith added two assists to provide more than enough offense for goaltender Corey Crawford to earn the victory.

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Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period of their game at the United Center, in Chicago, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)