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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From Saturday’s Game

By Gail Kauchak
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Oct 17, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center. Chicago won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings, Chicago Blackhawks fans!  I hope you are all doing well on this fine fall Monday afternoon!  It’s already been two days since the Blackhawks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-1.  If you’re like me, I’m sure you’ve been caught up in Chicago baseball and football over the last 48 hours.  But instead of dwelling on disappointing losses, we might as well focus on the positive.

The Chicago Blackhawks don’t play again until Thursday, so let’s enjoy Saturday’s victory a little longer.  The Blue Jackets aren’t a very good team right now; they currently are at the very bottom of the standings with zero wins.  Even so, a win is a win, and this one provided a confidence boost for our boys.  Here are 5 takeaways from Saturday’s triumph.

5.  Hossa! How many times have you heard that Marian Hossa is no spring chicken?  That he’s getting older and won’t be able to play at this level for much longer?  Well, that may be true, but it just isn’t happening yet.  Father time is working against him, but he must have found some kind of elixir to keep it at bay. 

Hossa is 36 years old, yet he is still winning battles and beating players much younger than himself.  He scored his first goal of the season on Saturday by doing just that.  The Hawks were on a 5-on-3 power play when Hossa stripped the puck from Columbus’s Matt Calvert in the neutral zone.  He then sped toward goalie Curtis McElhinney, faked a pass, and shot it in for the goal.  It was an unassisted goal, and it was a thing of beauty.

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Hossa also assisted on Teuvo Teravainen’s power play goal earlier in the game, so this was his first 2 point game of the season as well.  He now has 1 goal and 3 assists in the first 6 games.  He’s off to a good start, and I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say we can’t wait for more!

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