With 2011 behind us, let’s take a look back at some of the more memorable Blackhawk goals of 2011. Counting down the top 10:
10. Marian Hossa’s 400th career goal
The strangeness of this tremendous milestone earns it a place on this list. Hossa scored his 400th career goal on December 8th 2011 against the New York Islanders. He’s just the 85th player in history to reach 400 and it was a pleasure to see him do it in a Blackhawks uniform.
9. Patrick Kane’s 100th career goal
Kaner scored his 100th career goal at the United Center on March 14th 2011 against the San Jose Sharks. He was the third fastest Blackhawks to reach 100, behind Jeremy Roenick and Bobby Hull. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to seeing him score a couple more hundred.
8. Marian Hossa’s penalty shot against the Philadelphia Flyers
Hossa scored the Blackhawks’ first penalty shot on home ice in 23 years on January 23rd 2011. The last one was scored by Troy Murray on December 30th 1987. This was definitely a historic occasion.
7. Michael Frolik’s penalty shot goal against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6
Frolik buried this clutch penalty shot opportunity to tie the Game 6. The Blackhawks went on to win in OT.
6. Patrick Sharp’s goal against the Anaheim Ducks
Sharp showed a tremendous amount of skill, deking through four Duck players and rocketing a wrist shot past Jonas Hiller.
5. Jonathan Toews’ goal against the Calgary Flames
Kane, Sharp and Toews made magic on this great tic-tac-toe play that led to an open net goal for Toews.
4. Dave Bolland’s goal against the Nashville Predators
Bolland made a couple of great dekes to get past Ryan Suter before sliding the puck through the five-hole of Anders Lindback.
3. Ben Smith’s overtime goal against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6
Smith scored this miraculous overtime goal to force a Game 7 in last year’s playoff series with the Canucks. This goal made Smith a playoff hero and an instant favorite among fans
2. Marian Hossa’s goal against the Anaheim Ducks off a Patrick Kane spin-o-rama pass
Kane pulled off a dazzling spin-o-rama that set up an open-net goal for Hossa.
1. Jonathan Toews‘ shorthanded goal against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7
In my opinion, this goal is hands down the top Blackhawk goal of 2011. Down 1-0, shorthanded with less than 2 minutes left in the game, Jonathan Toews recovered the puck in the neutral zone, deked a couple of Canucks defensemen, took the puck hard to the net and cashed in a rebound to take the game into OT and give his team a chance to pull off the most remarkable comeback in NHL, possibly professional sports, history.
If anyone has a Blackhawk goal from 2011 they think should be in the top 10, please share it.