Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa as productive on lines with Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane
By Adam L. Jahns firstname.lastname@example.org November 13, 2011 10:56PM
Marian Hossa assisted on two goals and had a plus-2 rating against the Oilers. One assist led to this celebration after Jonathan Toews scored in the second period. | Bill Smith~Getty Images
Updated: December 15, 2011 10:07AM
Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa keeps plugging along. It doesn’t matter if it’s Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane as his center. Hossa has just been a load to handle this season.
Hossa had two more assists Sunday as the Hawks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 at the United Center. He had a plus-2 to improve his season rating to plus-13, which is the second-best mark in the league.
“With Kaner with him and Jonny now, he seems to be having the puck a lot,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “And, he’s done some nice things.”
It’s hard not to notice Hossa on the ice. Hossa’s stuff attempt led to Toews’ second goal Sunday, and his pass set up Duncan Keith for a wrist shot for a goal. Hossa has eight goals and 18 points in 17 games.
Quenneville said it was hard to split up Hossa and Kane, a lethal pairing from the start of the season, when his team hit their recent rough patch. But Toews and Hossa work just as well together.
“You try to get him puck more often,” Toews said. “Hossa is one of those guys who knows how to play on both sides of the puck. He does it as effortlessly as he can. He’s not an easy guy to keep the puck away from. It helps to have him out there especially in your own zone.”
Hossa said there are differences playing with either Toews or Kane, but that there is one big similarity.
“They are both world-class players,” Hossa said.
They would say the same about him.
All better now
Winger Daniel Carcillo underwent oral surgery Saturday after taking a puck to the mouth Thursday in Columbus. Carcillo lost a bottom tooth when the Blue Jackets’ Grant Clitsome inadvertently flipped the puck at his face.
“It happens,” Carcillo said. “I haven’t had it happen to me until now, but obviously we’re not wearing shields, and it’s a fast game. When someone flips a puck at your face and you’re two feet away, there’s really not much you can do.”
Three years ago when he was with the Phoenix Coyotes, Carcillo got hit with a stick against the Anaheim Ducks and lost two of his top teeth. He also needed stitches to repair his lips in Columbus on Thursday.
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Center Dave Bolland missed his third game in a row since injuring his right foot when he blocked a shot last Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues. Bolland, who has been wearing a walking boot, will travel with the team during their annual circus trip.
“He’s going to be on the trip,” Quenneville said. “Hopefully, he gets to play one of the first two games.”