Hossa makes former 'mates pay with OT winner


Hossa makes former 'mates pay with OT winner

Monday, March 28, 2011
Posted 9:12 p.m. Updated 11:44 p.m.

By Tracey Myers

DETROIT Joel Quenneville talked to Marian Hossa about double shifting against the Detroit Red Wings prior to Monday nights game. It was a tall order, and not one the coach asks of a player often.

WATCH: Hossa supremely confident

But Hossa did it and couldnt have had a better response.

Hossa scored the game-winning goal just 51 seconds into overtime and Corey Crawford stopped 33 of 35 for his 30th victory this season as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena.

The Blackhawks now have 90 points, but remained in eighth place in the Western Conference after the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 later Monday night.

Hossa has gone through his injuries and tough moments this season but has been healthy and playing strong lately. He was at it again on Monday, taking 33 shifts and playing just under 24 minutes.

Definitely at this moment I feel good but there was a stretch in the middle of the season when I had injuries, things like that and I didnt feel good at all, he said. Right now Im going without injuries and I feel like Im in (a good) tempo. Coach is using me a lot and my confidence is there.

Hossa split time with starting linemates Bryan Bickell and Marcus Kruger and also went with recent partners Michael Frolik and Tomas Kopecky.

I felt pretty good. I had a lot of confidence tonight and good things happened at the end, said Hossa, who had seven shots on goal. I was hoping to find that one shot and thank God it was the last one.

It was the third time this season the Blackhawks beat the Wings, but none may have been bigger than this one. It was an entertaining game, with great play across the board. Patrick Kane had two assists and Keith had his 35th helper on Hossas game-winner.

Joey MacDonald stopped 38 of 41 shots for Detroit.

Looking back over the course of the season, this was the most important win weve had at any point, Quenneville said. (Hossa) had a great shot and I thought he had a great game. Across the board it was a good game and a huge win for us.

Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead after the first period and they carried that into the beginning of the third. Then Henrik Zetterbergs power-play shot deflected off Chris Campoli and past Crawford to tie it.

Zetterberg was then whistled for a hooking call on Kane with just 3.7 seconds remaining in regulation to set up the Blackhawks power play and Hossas winner.
Niklas Hjalmarsson dives in front of Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom and Corey Crawford makes the save during the third period of a 2-2 tie. The Blackhawks would win on Marian Hossa's goal 51 seconds into overtime. (US PRESSWIRE)
We love the celebration after the goal. Its kind of his trademark thing right now, said Toews. Well take that. He stayed hungry all night and got that big one for us. He had some big chances early and he was around the net all night.

The Blackhawks wont have much time to rest after this one, with a tilt against Boston on Tuesday. Mondays victory was big. Theyll need a few more of those as they close in on the regular-season finish line.

I like the energy we had from the outset, Quenneville said. This was a playoff game for us. This is a huge win coming off a very disappointing loss the other night. None bigger all year.

Shipping off to Boston with momentum

Johnson OK after hit

Ryan Johnson took a Todd Bertuzzi elbow early in the first period and had to leave for a few minutes to be evaluated. He also had to have a small part of his right ear stitched back on. Johnson, who had suffered a concussion Feb. 11 in Dallas, returned to Monday nights game, playing a little more than 13 minutes.

Bertuzzi, meanwhile, was given a five-minute major as well as a game misconduct. Johnson said Bertuzzi came into the Blackhawks locker room and apologized to him.

I knew I was going to have to kind of take a hit to make the play there, but I dont think it was anything malicious, Johnson said. He was very apologetic, came walking right in here and said Sorry as soon as it happened.

Quenneville said We didnt do much with (the power play), but a five-minute major was probably the right call. Asked if Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kabinas elbow to Dave Bolland was worse, Quenneville said, absolutely.

Tracey Myers is's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Life was a lot different last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs

Life was a lot different last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs

For the first time in a decade, the Blackhawks officially will not be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night at the United Center, the Blackhawks will be sitting at home mid-April instead of looking to add to their trophy case.

Exactly 366 days before, the Blackhawks actually became the first NHL team to clinch a playoff berth, also the result of a game against the Avs:

The last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs, Denis Savard was the coach and Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were just 19 years old in the midst of their rookie seasons.

The next year, Joel Quenneville took over as coach after four games and led the Blackhawks all the way to the Conference Finals.

Of course, the following year (2009-10 season) brought the first of three Stanley Cups.

For perspective on how incredible this stretch has been for the Blackhawks, here's how the other professional Chicago sports teams spent 2008:

—The Bears finished 9-7 in Matt Forte's rookie year (he's since retired) with Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback and Lovie Smith as head coach.

—The Cubs led the National League in runs scored en route to a 97-win regular season...before falling flat against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. Lou Piniella was still the manager and Theo Epstein was still three years away from coming to Chicago.

—The Bulls found some incredible luck, pulling the No. 1 overall pick and selecting Chicago native Derrick Rose. He helped the Bulls to a 41-41 season as a rookie under coach Vinny Del Negro.

—The White Sox lost to Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS after winning the AL Central under manager Ozzie Guillen. Carlos Quentin enjoyed a breakout season (36 HR, 100 RBI) while Gavin Floyd won 17 games. 

The Blackhawks still have eight games left before the 2017-18 season ends April 7.

Alex DeBrincat records third career hat trick, but Blackhawks lose to Blues in overtime

Alex DeBrincat records third career hat trick, but Blackhawks lose to Blues in overtime

For Alex DeBrincat, it was probably nice to hear Chelsea Dagger again.

But how about three times?

The 20-year-old rookie snapped out of a 13-game scoring drought in a big way on Sunday night, recording his third hat trick of the season. DeBrincat did all he could to help give the Blackhawks two points, but they only came away with one in a 5-4 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.

DeBrincat is now the first rookie in franchise history with three hat tricks in the same season, passing Steve Larmer. His last two hat tricks came against the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 27, 2017 and Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 25.

"It's pretty cool," DeBrincat said of his third hat trick, "but I wouldn't be able to do that without the guys we have in this locker room and the linemates I've had. Most credit to them."

Entering Sunday, his last goal was on Feb. 17 against the Washington Capitals.

"Obviously it's frustrating when you go through a slump that like that but what I've learned is to stay positive and there's other things you can help your team win with," DeBrincat said. "Just kind of focus on those things."

He netted goals No. 23, 24 and 25 on the season, tying Patrick Kane for the team lead. He is also tied for second among goals scored by a rookie this season.

DeBrincat opened the scoring with nice wrist shot on the power play to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead midway through the first. With less than a minute to go in the period, he tapped one home in front of the net to make it 2-0.

In the third period with the game tied at 3-3, DeBrincat put his team in front 4-3 with 3:13 left in regulation. 

“We were talking about [DeBrincat] today, it had been a while since he had scored," coach Joel Quenneville said. "But whether he scores or not, he does a lot of good things in the game, and he’s very aware of his positioning, and doing the right things, finding pucks, getting in shooting lanes, or denying passing lanes. So he’s effective in a lot of ways, but nice to see him score a nice power-play goal today.”

But Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo even things up again after a shot from the point found its way past J-F Berube with 1:22 left. Patrik Berglund would net the game-winner in overtime to hand the Blackhawks a loss.

"I feel like we’ve played well and we just came up a little bit short," DeBrincat said. "I feel like that’s been the theme of this whole season.”