Feb 9, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) scores past Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks 1st line right winger Marian Hossa seems to be finding his groove as of late. Although his versatility on the ice is one of his key attributes, in the past his goal scoring capabilities were always his greatest addition to any team. Towards the end of January and the beginning of February Marian Hossa was ice cold while trying to find the back of the net but something has clicked recently. Today I would like to take a look into Marian Hossa’s recent success and also the other value he brings to the team other than scoring.
Previous to the Chicago Blackhawks game February 8th Marian Hossa had gone pointless for 5 consecutive games dating back to their January 21 contest against Pittsburg before the All-Star break. Digging even deeper, Hossa had only scored 2 goals in his previous 15 games prior to February 8th. This is not something you would normally expect from a 1st line right winger who scored 30 goals in 72 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. That can be forgotten momentarily though, now that he has scored 2 goals in each of his last two games.
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During Sundays game versus the red hot St. Louis Blues Big Hoss was able to score the game winning goal and cap that one off with a little bit of insurance in the final seconds with an empty netter. Yesterday versus the Arizona Coyotes he scored the only 2 goals by the Blackhawks; with his second goal being the one that tied the game in the 3rd and eventually sent them to overtime where they couldn’t capitalize, falling short in the shootout. Hopefully Marian Hossa can continue to build off of his recent success and this momentum will help fuel him to more consistency in the point’s column.