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Marian Hossa remembers special 2010 playoff game, which re-airs tonight at 7

Marian Hossa remembers special 2010 playoff game, which re-airs tonight at 7

Blackhawks fans got a pleasant surprise on Saturday afternoon when legendary three-time Stanley Cup champion Marian Hossa had a special message about a certain 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff game.

The video was posted on the organization's Twitter and other social media accounts.

"Hi Blackhawks fans, Big Hoss here. I miss you guys," Hossa said. "I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and taking care of each other in these difficult times.

"Do you guys remember this game?"

Hossa turned to show a computer screen with Game 5 of the 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators (which will re-air on NBC Sports Chicago Saturday night at 7 p.m. ) on pause.

"Well, I definitely do remember. I remember a few things I want to share with you,” Hossa said. "First, at the end of the game, one of the greatest games, up and down games, I got a five-minute penalty, and I go to the penalty box. I feel shame. I’m sweating bullets for five minutes. 

“But good things happened. Patrick Kane scoring [with] 13 seconds left in the game. We pulled the goalie and he tied the game up. It's 4-4. We go to the dressing room, and I'm sitting quiet in the corner of the dressing room, and I'm hoping we can kill another four minutes of my penalty. [Penalty kill] did an excellent job, and I'm jumping. 

"We kill the penalty. I’m jumping on the ice. We can watch it together. Here's Bolland in the corner, and Dave Bolland did an excellent job passing to Brent Sopel, and you can see me coming in the corner from the penalty box in front of the net."

Hossa plays the sequence on the monitor and pauses it right before his goal.

"Puck is coming to me and what'll I have to do? Just put it in the net,” he said.

He lets the play resume to show his goal and iconic celebration down on both knees, pumping his arms.

"One of the most amazing feelings in my career, still get the chills, and we win the game,” Hossa said. "We go to Nashville (Game 6). We win the game there. We go to round two, round three, Stanley Cup Finals. We win the Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks. Being in the Stanley Cup Finals three times in a row, finally winning my first one, it was the best feeling as a hockey player. 

"So I want to share with you this moment, and when I remember these feelings, those memories, it's just amazing. And where were you when I scored the overtime winner? Well, I hope to see you guys soon. It was a pleasure. Ciao, ciao."

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Four takeaways: Blackhawks return favor, rout Predators

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Four takeaways: Blackhawks return favor, rout Predators

NASHVILLE — Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 7-2 win over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday:

1. Revenge

The last time the Blackhawks and Predators met, it resulted in one of the most lopsided scoresheets you'll ever see. The Predators dominated in shot attempts (87-41), shots on goal (51-20), scoring chances (42-14) and high-danger chances (16-3), according to Natural Stat Trick, en route to a 3-0 victory less than three weeks ago.

While the Predators led in most of the underlying categories on Saturday, the Blackhawks got their revenge on the scoreboard.

With the win, the Blackhawks improved to 4-0-1 in their past five games and moved above a .500 points percentage for the first time all season. They've scored 24 goals in their last five games after scoring only 33 in their first 14.

"It was a good response tonight I think we knew coming into this rink it was going to be a test for us and we wanted to respond and show that wasn't our team the last time we were here," head coach Jeremy Colliton said. "I thought that we did that and we've had a good stretch where we've been getting points and we want to extend that."

2. Blackhawks chase Pekka Rinne

Rinne was lights out for the Predators in his first eight starts of the season. He was 7-0-1 with a 1.74 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and two shutouts.

Since calling the 20-save shutout against the Blackhawks on Oct. 29 "one of the for-sure easier" ones of his NHL career, Rinne is 1-3-1 and has given up 20 goals on 112 shots for a save percentage of .821 over his last five starts.

Against the Blackhawks, Rinne gave up four goals on 14 shots for a save percentage of .714 before being pulled for Juuse Saros in the second period. And the Blackhawks bench let him hear it as he skated off.

"Yeah, it did," a smiling Erik Gustafsson said on whether it felt good to chase Rinne. "I don't think he had the best night today."

Robin Lehner was terrific yet again for the Blackhawks. He stopped 39 of 41 shots for a save percentage of .951.

3. Weathering the storm

Colliton said the morning of their last game against Nashville that the Blackhawks would likely need to weather the storm in the first 10 minutes because the Predators always start strong in their own building. They didn't and were never able to tilt the ice.

The Blackhawks did on Saturday night, though.

After giving up the first six shots on goal, the Blackhawks outshot the Predators 9-6 the rest of the first period and scored the first two goals for the fourth time in five games. It's exactly what the Blackhawks were hoping to do, and it turned the momentum quickly after the Predators dictated the pace of play to start.

"They were really good the first five minutes of every period," Lehner said. "We weathered the storm together. The D battled really hard. They're a really good offensive team as well. ... It was a nice win. Nice bounce-back and kind of shows the progress we made since the last time we were here."

4. Contributions from defensemen

The Blackhawks haven't gotten much offensive contribution from the back end this season. They had only three goals from their defensemen in the first 17 games (Adam Boqvist, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook).

But with Calvin de Haan finding the back of the net in Vegas, Gustafsson scoring a goal in back-to-back games after a 16-game scoring drought and Seabrook netting his second of the season, the Blackhawks have gotten four goals from their defensemen in the past two games. It helps take the pressure off the forwards when everybody is chipping in on offense.

"It's important," Colliton said. "We have some guys who can jump in and produce and Gus's goal was big. They had some chances then all of a sudden we're up 1-0. He can provide that and obviously he showed he can do it last year so hopefully he's got more in the tank."

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Blackhawks hungry for revenge against Predators after 'embarrassing' loss in previous meeting

Blackhawks hungry for revenge against Predators after 'embarrassing' loss in previous meeting

NASHVILLE  — After missing 11 games with a groin injury, Connor Murphy has been cleared to return Saturday night when the Blackhawks take on the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

The Blackhawks were 4-5-2 in Murphy’s absence and one of those games included a 3-0 loss to the Predators on Oct. 29, which was a one-sided contest from start to finish. Nick Bonino had a hat trick and the Blackhawks were outshot 51-20.

Since then, the Blackhawks have picked up 10 out of a possible 14 points and made a schematic change that has opened up the offense. They're playing with a lot more jump and the Blackhawks are hoping it translates to a more competitive game.

"It's a good challenge for us," head coach Jeremy Colliton said. "We were not very good that game. We didn't give ourselves a chance. We got a lot more confidence now and now we got to show where we're at. Doesn't mean we're going to win the game but we need to perform better."

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne called the previous matchup "one of the for-sure easier shutouts" of his NHL career. He has given up 16 goals over his last four starts since blanking the Blackhawks after allowing only 14 goals in his first eight appearances.

The Blackhawks are fully aware of Rinne’s comments and they're looking for revenge this time around against a Predators team that has lost five of their last six games, including three in a row (0-2-1).

"We know what he said, so take it any way you want and be ready to play tonight," Patrick Kane said. "Obviously the way we played last time in here wasn't acceptable and pretty embarrassing loss, so there's some truth to those comments. We've got to come back and respond."

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