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Hossa makes former 'mates pay with OT winner

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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
CSNChicago.com

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

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Should Kane & Toews continue to be on the same line?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Should Kane & Toews continue to be on the same line?

Host Pat Boyle is joined by Blackhawks Insider Charlie Roumeliotis, and NBCS Chicago producer Slavko Bekovic as they debate the nuclear line of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, have the Hawks found their identity as a team, predictions for the next few games as the Hawks head to the bye week.

(1:00) - Hawks forced to use Kane and Toews on the same line

(6:15) - Dominik Kubalik is doing well with Kane and Toews

(9:55) - Colliton doesn't have a healthy roster right now

(14:12) - What is the identity of this team?

(17:18) - Maybe the Hawks have a chance at a Wildcard spot

(20:24) - Kirby Dach is getting opportunities on the power play

(23:48) - How will the Hawks play vs the Panthers and Joel Quenneville?

(26:30) - Predictions on the next few gamesListen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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Blackhawks move Dylan Strome to injured reserve and recall Brandon Hagel

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Blackhawks move Dylan Strome to injured reserve and recall Brandon Hagel

The Blackhawks announced Thursday that they have placed forward Dylan Strome on injured reserve with a right ankle injury, retroactive to Jan. 7. In a corresponding move, forward Brandon Hagel was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and will join the team in Toronto ahead of Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs.

Strome was originally listed as "day to day" with a right ankle sprain, but it appears he needs some extra time to recover despite skating in Chicago over the past few days. The Blackhawks have three games remaining before the NHL All-Star break and, at this point, it looks unlikely Strome will return before that.

Head coach Jeremy Colliton did tell reporters in Montreal on Wednesday that Brandon Saad could join the team in Toronto depending on how he's responding to the skating sessions, but whether he plays is a different story. By making a corresponding move, the Blackhawks remain at 22 players and have room for one more spot on the 23-man roster.

Saad has been sidelined since Dec. 16 with a right ankle injury and must be activated from injured reserve whenever he's cleared to return.

Hagel has been a bright spot in Rockford this season and will likely make his NHL debut on Saturday. He leads the IceHogs with 13 goals and ranks second on the team with 21 points and 80 shots on goal in 38 games. He's a hard-working player, is physical and can finish around the net, which is something the Blackhawks could always use more of.

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