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Chicago Blackhawks: 25 Moments To Be Thankful For

By Keith Schultz
19 of 25

“Yup, I’m still good, but that Marian Hossa is a stud.”

Martin Havlat Ends A Seven-Year Skid

Going into the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Blackhawks hadn’t qualified for the postseason or won a playoff game since 2002. Martin Havlat and the 2008-09 team would change all of that, starting with qualifying for the ’09 playoffs as the No. 4 seed. The Blackhawks drew the fifth-seeded Calgary Flames in the opening round and opened what was expected to be a tight series at the United Center.

The mostly-young Blackhawks struggled to produce offensively in the opener, with only Cam Barker scoring in the first two periods. Then, Havlat found his stroke. First, he tallied a game-tying goal almost 15 minutes into the final period. He followed that with this:

The Blackhawks forced a turnover in the neutral zone on the opening shift of overtime, after which Dave Bolland fed Havlat for a wrister that beat Miikka Kiprusoff a whopping 12 seconds into the extra period. Twelve seconds was all it took to start the winning culture for the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane era, and for that we should be grateful to Martin Havlat and Co.