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Chicago Blackhawks: Observations From Week 2

By Gail Kauchak
Oct 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) poses for a photo with the puck he scored his 500th goal with against Philadelphia Flyers at the United Center. The Hawks won 7-4. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) poses for a photo with the puck he scored his 500th goal with against Philadelphia Flyers at the United Center. The Hawks won 7-4. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) poses for a photo with the puck he scored his 500th goal with against Philadelphia Flyers at the United Center. The Hawks won 7-4. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks have three wins and three losses at the end of the second week of the season

It’s only the second week of a long and grueling 82-game season.  This past week, the Chicago Blackhawks played in three games, and they could not have been more different.

They went on a scoring binge to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 on Tuesday.  They had a disappointing outing where they lost 3-2 in Columbus on Friday.  And then they thrilled the United Center faithful with a late comeback, overtime, and a shootout on Saturday, to manage a 5-4 victory.

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Yes, it’s been a crazy week of ups and downs for the ’Hawks and their fans.  And I know many of you are a tad bit distracted, as the Cubs are going to the World Series!!!

Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Carry on with the Cubs, and we’ll keep you updated about what you may be missing with the ’Hawks.

Here’s what’s been going on in the second week of this young season for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Let’s hear it for Hossa!

We all wanted this to happen at the end of last season, and let’s face it, Marian Hossa doesn’t produce offensively like he used to.  But we all love him, and he’s still a player you want to have on your team.  His defensive contributions are highly valued, he’s a great teammate, and a class act.

Well, it took four games into this season, but Big Hoss finally hit 500 career goals on Tuesday night.  He scored a power play goal in the second period, to give the ’Hawks a 4-0 lead.  The Flyers cleared the ice and gave Hossa his moment in the spot light.  It was a beautiful hockey moment.

Hossa actually left the game in the third period after blocking a shot with his foot, and missed the next game against the Blue Jackets.  But it was just a precautionary measure, as he was back in the lineup Saturday night, and played the entire game.

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