Marian Hossa scores game-winner for Blackhawks in overtime
ADAM L. JAHNS ON THE BLACKHAWKS March 28, 2011 10:40PM
BLACKHAWKS 3, RED WINGS 2
BLACKHAWKS 2 0 0 1 — 3
Detroit 1 0 1 0 — 2
First Period—HAWKS, Toews 31 (Brouwer, Campoli), 2:54. 2, Detroit, Lidstrom 15 (V.Filppula, Rafalski), 7:36. 3, HAWKS, Seabrook 6 (Kane, Hossa), 13:18 (pp). Penalties—Bertuzzi, Det, major-game misconduct (elbowing), 5:17; Hossa, HAWKS (slashing), 6:08; Frolik, HAWKS (hooking), 9:55; Helm, Det (tripping), 13:08; Kopecky, HAWKS (delay of game), 14:17; R.Johnson, HAWKS (tripping), 16:44.
Second Period—None. Penalties—None.
Third Period—4, Detroit, Zetterberg 23 (Hudler, Rafalski), 2:25 (pp). Penalties—Hjalmarsson, HAWKS (high-sticking), 1:44; Ericsson, Det (holding), 9:26; Kruger, HAWKS (holding stick), 12:41; Kronwall, Det (slashing), 12:41; Zetterberg, Det (hooking), 19:56.
Overtime—5, HAWKS, Hossa 23 (Kane, Keith), :51 (pp). Penalties—None.
Shots on Goal—HAWKS 14-16-10-1—41. Detroit 14-9-12-0—35.
Power-play opportunities—HAWKS 2 of 5; Detroit 1 of 4.
Goalies—HAWKS, Crawford 30-15-5 (35 shots-33 saves). Detroit, MacDonald 5-4-3 (41-38).
Referees—Brad Watson, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen—Jonny Murray, Shane Heyer.
A—20,066 (20,066). T—2:27.
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
DETROIT — Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa was having one of those dominant performances where the puck seemed to find him and not vice versa. The only thing missing was results.
In the end, Hossa needed an extra minute to get it.
Hossa scored the game-winner on the power play 51 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 victory against the rival Detroit Red Wings to notch a vital two points for the Hawks in the Western Conference standings.
It capped an overwhelming show by Hossa, who had seven shots on goal and was double-shifted by coach Joel Quenneville with the Hawks missing injured forwards Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland.
“I had so many shots tonight, and their goalie [Joey MacDonald] played extremely well,” said Hossa, who had a slap shot on a breakaway turned aside. “I was hoping to find that one shot, and thank God that it was the last one.
“At this moment, I feel pretty good, but there was a stretch in the middle of the season where I had injuries and things like that, and I couldn’t get into the tempo and I didn’t feel good at all. Right now, I’m going without the injuries, and I feel like I’m in tempo. Coach is using me a lot, and my confidence is back. I feel good.”
Hawks captain Jonathan Toews scored the Hawks’ first goal 2:54 into the first off a generous rebound by MacDonald. Brent Seabrook (power-play) also scored, and Patrick Kane finished with two assists. Corey Crawford also had a stellar performance with 33 saves.
But all the talk in the locker room afterward centered on Hossa, who has two goals and three assists in his last four games. Toews said all the Hawks loved Hossa’s celebration after he scored the game-winner.
“It was kind of his trademark thing,” Toews said. “We’ll take that anytime we can. It was a big goal by Hossa.”
They should love it. Not only does it embolden a star they desperately need to produce, but it was a huge victory against a rival that has the unique opportunity of holding the Hawks’ fate in its hands down the stretch.
“[Hossa] was around the puck, around the net all night,” Toews said. “It was bound to go in for him. It was a big goal for him. He had a lot of chances where he came up pretty close. He stayed hungry all night.”
So did the Hawks.
Their effort Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks in a 2-1 loss was discouraging at this point in the season. The Red Wings tied it in the third, but there wasn’t a complete third-period meltdown on Monday. What they put together against the Red Wings was playoff-like. The all-around effort was noticeable.
MacDonald had a big game, making 38 saves for a banged-up Detroit team.
But Crawford was also on his game. He turned away numerous quality chances, especially on two late first-period penalties by the Hawks.
The first period was a back-and-forth whirlwind with penalties playing a huge factor. The Hawks failed to capitalize on Todd Bertuzzi’s five-minute elbowing penalty when he drilled Ryan Johnson 5:17 into the first as Hossa was called for slashing and Nicklas Lidstrom beat a screened Crawford to tie it during four-on-four play.
The Hawks’ penalty kill continued its solid play, but it did allow Henrik Zetterberg’s game-tying score with the man advantage early in the third when his shot deflected off Chris Campoli’s skate.
In the end — and after a frantic finish — all it did was set the stage for Hossa, who benefitted from Kane’s ability to draw a hooking penalty on Zetterberg with 3.7 seconds left in regulation.
“There are [seven] games left, and we need these points,” Hossa said. “We are really desperate to get these points.”