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Blackhawks Win where it all started for Marian Hossa 5-4.

By Sean Fitzgerald

Oct 30, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) follow the puck during the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks came into Ottawa on Thursday night on a losing streak. The Blackhawks had dropped two in row before tonight. On the eve of Halloween, it was a little bit of trick and a big treat for the Blackhawks. Also special congratulations go out to Marian Hossa for scoring his 1,000 point in Ottawa. Hossa is the 80th player all time to record 1,000 or more points in the history of the NHL.

Onto the period recap:

1st period: The Blackhawks did not get off to a good start. Mark Stone got the Senators on the board first with an early first period goal. The Blackhawks who were ranked 25st in the NHL goals for, needed to produce more greasy goals. Jonathan Toews lead by example tonight. Toews got the Blackhawks on the board and tied the game up at 1-1.

Later in the first period, Kris Versteeg was denied a breakaway chance. Versteeg then stayed with the play and scored a nifty goal on Craig Anderson. The Blackhawks lead 2-1 after the first period.

2nd period: In the second period, Clarke MacArthur tied the game at two for the Senators. Scott Darling held off 10 Ottawa Senators shots to keep the game tied at 2.

3rd period: In the third period, the Blackhawks fell in love with the penalty box. They committed three minor penalties in the first 8 minutes of the period. Bobby Ryan gave the Senators the early lead 30 seconds into the period. The Senators lead 3-2. It seems to happen that when the Blackhawks are in need of a goal, the captain steps up. Tonight was no different as Toews scored a “Andrew Shaw” type goal. Toews deflected a goal off his chest into the net to tied the game at 3.

It is only fitting that the next goal scorer in this “shootout” would be Marian Hossa. Marian Hossa notched his 1,000 point on goal assisted by Kris Versteeg. Now if this game was a Hollywood movie the game would have ended there. Unfortunately sports are not written by Hollywood writers. The lead did not last very long as Mika Zibanejad scored on Darling with less than 3 minutes to play in the game. The game remained tied at 4 through three periods.

Overtime: In overtime the Blackhawks held the puck and drew another penalty from the Senators. However the Blackhawks power play is so AWFUL that fans wants them to decline the penalty going forward. Yes I know you cannot decline penalties in hockey. The Blackhawks and Senators would not score in overtime.

Shootout: In the skills competition aka shootout, Anderson held the Blackhawks first two shooters scoreless. Darling held the first three shooters scoreless. The Blackhawks third shooter was Patrick Sharp. Sharp debuted his new shootout move and beat Anderson for the victory. The Blackhawks defeated the Senators 5-4.


  • Bryan Bickell played 6:40 for the game and played only one shift in the third period. Bickell was stapled to the bench after committing an awful turnover early in the period.


  • Marian Hossa reached 1,000 points for his career. He is the 80th person in the history of the NHL to do it. Hossa has 281 points with the Blackhawks. He had 390 with the Ottawa Senators, 248 with the Winnipeg, 10 points with Penguins, and 71 with Detroit Red Wings.


  • Kris Versteeg had one of his best games since returning the Blackhawks. He had one goal and one assist in tonight’s game.


  • Scott Darling recorded his second NHL victory. He saved 28 of 32 shots in regulation.

The Blackhawks were 0-5 on the Power Play. Coach Quenneville said it was not good tonight and he was annoyed by it. He said there are some things we need to clean up.

The Blackhawks will face off the Toronto Maple Leafs in their next game. The Blackhawks will be exited to playing Toronto on Hockey Night in Canada (Saturday).

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