The Stanley Cup Run Starts With #81

By Keith Schultz

Apr 9, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (81) celebrates his goal with forward Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawks are an amazing 30-5-4, but there is a difference between the good Hawks and great Hawks and it starts with #81.  The great thing about Hossa is that he makes everyone on the ice better because he does everything very good on both ends of the ice.  With Hossa on the ice the first line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad just dominate the puck for their entire shift.  If they don’t have the puck Toews and Saad can take offensive chances because they know that the best two-way player in the NHL has their back.

Don’t get me wrong I believe the Hawks are full of great players, but the glue that holds all the greats Hawks players together is Hossa.  The Hawks, when facing tough fore-checking opponents like the Blues, Ducks, and Kings, missed injured Hossa in their recent 8-5 stretch without 100% #81, but with Hossa in the lineup this Hawks team is dynamic and 5-0-1 in their last six games.

Last night the Hawks weren’t able to get the puck in the net though they had plenty of chances, but never fear Hossa had this highlight play waiting for the Wild which showcased all of his talents in one play, Enjoy!

The Hawks need the entire roster playing great to win the Stanley Cup, but along with Patrick Sharp the Hawks need a healthy, dominating Hossa the most!

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