The Chicago Blackhawks came to town for what many people were labelling a "reality check" for the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

However, the game ended up being a reality check for the Blackhawks and the rest of the NHL as the team continued to show they are the real deal with a 4-3 OT win thanks to Auston Matthews. 

After returning to the playoffs last year, and off to a hot start this year, there doesn't seem to be any sophomore slump in store for the team as long as they continue to work hard. 

"There's a lot of hope, a lot of talent," Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "And then there's expectations. I think this team probably knows what it's capable of, just rebuilding now and making the playoffs last year."

Toews can probably recognize that because for Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville, the Leafs are a reminder of what he saw when his group was young and rebuilding. That young group went on to win three Stanley Cups. 

"I think where it's gone from last year from the prior year to this year, they definitely have some great players," Quenneville said "They have some exciting guys up front. You have the learning curve of playing the right way and learning how to win. That definitely comes from the experience last year of being in the playoffs. They're in a really bright spot. They're a fun team to watch."  

"It's fun being in the situation they're in. But I'm not complaining about the situation we're in."

Very strong words from two very well respected people in the world of hockey.