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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From Last Week’s Games

By Gail Kauchak
Feb 6, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88), celebrates with defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), defenseman Erik Gustafsson (52), and center Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 6, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88), celebrates with defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), defenseman Erik Gustafsson (52), and center Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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2.  Hossa!  The rest of the NHL would be wise to take note of this little tip.  Don’t make Marian Hossa mad!  Hossa got his first goal of the Arizona game taken away due to a ridiculous goalie interference call.  So what does he do?  He goes on a mission.  He outskates and outmuscles players years younger than himself and makes things happen.

His efforts culminated in another goal; and this time there is no argument that it counted.  It was awesome to see the usually somber Hossa joking around on the ice pretending to be the ref calling off his second goal (yes, it was his second goal, even if the stat sheets don’t show it).  If you ask me, that was a leadership move right there, and got the message across in a much more constructive way than Quenneville getting purple in the refs faces.  That goal and Hossa’s shenanigans really got the team fired up.

Hossa kept up the magic on Saturday night as well.  He was there to tap in the rebound for a short-handed goal after a great move by Jonathan Toews (we’ll get to him in a second).  This was Hossa’s career 496th goal.  He is 4 goals shy of the 500 club.

1. Captain Power.  Why is it that Jonathan Toews always swoops in and saves the day in such spectacular fashion?  He was suspended for the Colorado matchup because he was sick and didn’t show for the All-Star Game.  But he sure did make his presence known when he returned for the Arizona game.  Toews scored twice, but they weren’t just your average goals.  One was a short-handed goal to give the Hawks the lead.  And the other was the game-winner in overtime. This was Toews 5th overtime winner of the season.

Then of course there was the assist on the Hossa goal that I referred to above.  Toews took advantage of a breakaway chance and completely faked out the defenseman to get the puck on net for Hossa.  That’s two shorty’s in two games that involve the Captain.  It also marked his 300th career assist.

Other News and Notes.

Andrew Shaw skated in his 300th career game Saturday night.

Artem Anisimov had a 4-point night on Saturday (1 goal, 3 assists).

Patrick Kane scored his career high 32nd goal on Saturday night.

God Bless America and the Chicago Blackhawks!  We fans have so many reasons to be happy right now!  Let’s roll with this success.  A win over the Dallas Stars was the icing on the cake.  And the good news is…wait, this is all good news.  The better news is that the Hawks play their next 4 games on home ice!  Let’s keep this party going!

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