5. Hossa scores 499! The Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on March 29th. It was also the game in which Duncan Keith received a match penalty and was eventually suspended six games for his high stick to Charlie Coyle. But there was one positive to take from the game. The lone goal scored was a short-handed goal by Marian Hossa on the ensuing Will power play. This was his 33rd short-handed goal of Hossa’s long and illustrious career. But more importantly, it was the 499th goal of said career. Hossa has been injured and didn’t play the last handful of games, but I’m willing to bet goal number 500 is coming real soon in the playoffs.
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4. Quenneville’s 800 game win. The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 6-4 on April 3rd. Not only was this a big win with lots of scoring, but it also marked the 800th career win for head coach Joel Quenneville. With this win, Quenneville became the second winningest coach in NHL history. The victory put him 444 wins short of Hall of Famer and Blackhawks senior advisor Scotty Bowman. It also put him 18 wins ahead of third place Al Arbour. The Hawks won against the Arizona Coyotes a few days later, so Coach Q currently sits at 801 wins. I’m guessing he’s not done winning yet this year. How many more remains to be seen.
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