Marian Hossa scores 400th goal in victory
By Adam L. Jahns firstname.lastname@example.org December 8, 2011 10:10PM
Marian Hossa (81) celebrates his 400th goal with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (88). | Getty Images
Updated: January 10, 2012 8:26AM
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — It wasn’t Marian Hossa’s prettiest goal. But that doesn’t negate its significance.
Hossa scored his 400th career goal in the first period of the Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime victory Thursday against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum. He became the 85th player to reach that plateau.
“You would think it would be something you would remember, a nice one, but I’ll take this,” said Hossa, who also assisted on two goals by Patrick Sharp. “Right away when I scored, [Sharp] picked it up and gave it to me. It was very nice.”
With the Hawks on the power play, Hossa was behind the net with the puck and tried to pass it to Jonathan Toews, but it deflected off goalie Al Montoya and in. His 400 career goals rank fifth among active players, trailing Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, Jarome Iginla and Jason Arnott.
“It’s a great number, 400,” Hossa said. “It means something. I didn’t think about it too much. . . . I tried to basically make the pass to Jonathan Toews. I think it hit the goalie’s stick and skate and ended up in the net. It was one of the lucky ones.”
Coach Joel Quenneville called Hossa a “pretty amazing player.”
‘‘When I think of him, I don’t think about his offense,” Quenneville said. “But 400 is an amazing number. He should be proud of that achievement. But it’s his overall game that makes him special.”
A radio star
Daniel Carcillo expected some attention when he was brought in to be the Hawks’ tough guy, but he didn’t expect to have his own radio show, the “Bomb Shelter,” on WGN-AM (720), where he can talk about music. He’s enjoying being a semi-media member recording his show on days off.
“It’s different sitting in the room with microphones,” Carcillo said. “You’ve got to kind of pretend you’re talking to people. It’s different, but it’s also fun, interesting and new. It’s something I’ve been interested in for the longest time. I’m pretty proud of it.”