Marian Hossa's late goal pushes Blackhawks past Flames

Marian Hossa's late goal pushes Blackhawks past Flames

CALGARY, Alberta – Marian Hossa has had a tremendous career that’s included a lot of goals, including 79 game-winners entering Friday night.

Make that 80.

Hossa scored with 2:23 remaining in regulation and Corey Crawford stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Blackhawks edged the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Friday. The Blackhawks, who weren’t happy with their flat 4-0 loss against Winnipeg on Tuesday, played a more complete game on their second stop of this trip.

And considering how well Hossa has played this season, coupled with his ability to come through in big games, it wasn’t a big surprise to see him factoring in this one late.

“Hoss has been around the net lately, scoring some big goals. That’s another big one for us after a tough loss,” Crawford said. “To come back with a big win, that’s important for us right now.”

Ryan Hartman scored his third of the season and Brent Seabrook scored on the Blackhawks’ lone power play of the night. The Blackhawks’ penalty kill was also stellar, nixing five Flames power plays (the last came with 9.1 seconds remaining in regulation).

Still, these two teams were tied 2-2 with less than three minutes left in the game. Artemi Panarin had the initial shot and Hossa, sneaking in behind Calgary goaltender Chad Johnson, knocked the puck down and into the goal. Just when it looked like the Flames would challenge it was realized they couldn’t; they had already used their timeout.

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For Hossa, the renaissance season continues. He has 10 goals through his first 17 games this season; he had 13 in 64 games last season.

“When you have a hot stick good things happen and you just try to put the puck in the net,” Hossa said. “When you feel like the puck’s going in for you, you try to be there around the net or try to shoot pucks to the net and try to make plays.”

Hartman got the Blackhawks on the board early, taking a long pass from Artem Anisimov, holding off Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and finishing with the pretty goal.

“He made a great play from our own end, Arty with the great pass and off [Hartman] went,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “What a great shot. Nice to see him score. I thought he did some other good things in the game as well.”

The Blackhawks did a few good things in this one, from Seabrook’s timely power-play goal to the strong penalty kill to another good night of goaltending. But once again it was Hossa, who’s showing that he still has more left than we thought he did.

“Another big goal by him, very timely as well,” Quenneville said. “He’s scored some goals around the net this year to get us a point or two, and tonight was a great illustration of how important he’s been for us.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Round 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft.

They discuss the pair of puck-carrying defensemen that the Blackhawks selected on Friday, Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. When can we expect to see these first-round picks play in the NHL?

Boyle also goes 1-on-1 with Boqvist and Beaudin. The guys spoke with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville on Friday.

The guys also share their biggest takeaways from those interviews, which includes your daily Corey Crawford update and Quenneville appeared excited that the team has plenty of cap space to spend in free agency.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.

Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who prides himself on playing strong at both ends of the ice and tries modeling his game after Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.

"I’m a two-way defenseman," Beaudin said. "I can provide offense, too. I’ve got a great IQ. I think in my zone I’m just getting better and better."

Beaudin is also a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along the blue line when it comes to impact-type players.

"Nicolas is a very efficient defender," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He’s got a really nice skill set. He makes the game look pretty easy. He’s a smooth player, not a lot of panic to his game. He’s a good skater so when he has to turn back and get to the puck he can get there first. Usually he just gets his setup and makes the simple play.

"You watch him play and he makes it look really easy. He’s not a guy that’s getting run over a lot. He’s not a real big player, but he uses his brain really well and he had over a point a game, too. He’s got a good feel for making plays and scoring points."

The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.

Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.

"It’s a winning culture in Chicago," Beaudin said. "They won a lot. I know they’ve got some young guys coming in. For sure in the next few years I want to earn my place and I want to try to learn a lot from a guy like Duncan Keith."