It took Jonathan Toews six shifts before he scored in the NHL, on his first shot in his first game.

That goal during an Oct. 10, 2007 contest against the Sharks and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov got the then-19-year-old Blackhawks center off to a fast start and led to him finishing with 24 goals and being named a finalist for the Calder Trophy given to the league's top rookie.

In the seasons since, it has taken Toews longer to notch his first goal, including being blanked in the first 12 games of his sophomore campaign when he finished with a career-high 34 goals and the first seven during 2009-10.

So when Toews took a home run pass from Brent Seabrook and scored on a breakaway during Saturday night's home opener against the Stars in the Hawks' second game of the season, it could have signaled the start of a something big.

"When you get that first one you feel like everything can start going in," said Toews, who scored in his fourth game last season en route to 32 goals. "When you have that confidence you just play, you don't worry about scoring goals. If it took another game to get that first one then you start thinking about it a little bit more and it just kind of snowballs. It can happen to anyone."

Having already accomplished about as much as is conceivable in four seasons in the league — two NHL All-Star Game appearances, a gold medal during an Olympics performance for Team Canada that got him named top forward of the tournament and a Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs — Toews is hungry for more.