Hossa’s point streak flying under radar
By ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org March 8, 2011 11:30PM
The facts: 6:30, CSN, 720-AM.
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
SUNRISE, Fla. — Somehow lost — or overlooked — in all the attention Jonathan Toews and his high-powered line are getting is what Marian Hossa is doing.
The injury-plagued winger has quietly strung together an eight-game point streak. He scored for the seventh time in the last eight games Tuesday against the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center.
Some of those goals have been empty-netters, but Hossa is starting to look like himself.
“Hopefully, nothing else will stop it,” said Hossa, who has seven goals and eight assists in his last 12 games. “No injuries, no funny flu or something like that. I can just play.”
Coach Joel Quenneville said he feels like Hossa — who had only four goals in 21 games before his current streak — is nearing the level of play he had at the beginning of the season, when he was dominant and producing in a similar fashion.
“He’s progressing in the right direction,” Quenneville said. “He’s at the point where he seems to be getting better, better and better as we go along here. . . . It’s nice to see him get some goals and some production, as well.”
Hossa had a rough first period against the Panthers with a minus-2 rating, but he recovered in the second as his linemates, Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell, set him up for the Hawks’ second goal. Their line is playing against opponents’ top lines often.
“I’m feeling more comfortable, and the production helps that way,” Hossa said. “But, overall, the play with my linemates, [Bolland] and Bickell, we’re getting a lot of ice time because we usually play against the top lines. [Quenneville] is putting us in there for key situations. We’re getting more confidence and feeling more comfortable.”
It has been exactly a week since the Hawks defeated the Calgary Flames 6-4 at the United Center. During that game, Flames center Brendan Morrison hurt his left knee when he was hit by Niklas Hjalmarsson.
Speaking to the media for the first time since his injury, Morrison told reporters in Calgary the Hawks were acting “a little disrespectful,” taunting him as he slowly made it off the ice.
“It wasn’t easy getting off,” he told the Calgary Herald. “I couldn’t put much weight on that leg. To be honest, what I’ve tried to do is not stay down every time I’ve gotten hurt. It’s not trying to be manly or prove that I’m tough. The play is going on, and you’ve got to get off the ice.
“What was a little disappointing was coming off and guys from the Chicago bench being a little disrespectful. That was uncalled for. But you do what you do and try and get off the ice.
“I don’t know if they understood what was going on, but some young guys on their team were standing up and yelling. I don’t think it’s very professional. But they’ll learn.”