April 24, 2010: Hossa finds redemption
The Blackhawks were 14 seconds from going down 3-2 in the 2010 Western Conference quarterfinals, with a trip to Nashville on tap. It didn’t happen, and why it didn’t was truly memorable.
Chicago went into the third period at the United Center with a 3-2 edge on goals from Andrew Ladd, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Tomas Kopecky. But the Preds would move ahead 4-3 on a pair of Martin Erat tallies.
With the Blackhawks pushing late for a tie, Marian Hossa committed a five-minute boarding penalty. While he wasn’t issued a game misconduct, the Blackhawks faced a 5-on-4 for the last 1:03 of regulation.
Then, in overtime, the non-ejection of Hossa became critical. The Blackhawks held possession as they finished killing Hossa’s penalty early in overtime. As Hossa burst from the box, Bolland held the puck behind the net and Hossa skated to Pekka Rinne‘s right side.
Bolland dished the puck to Brent Sopel at the point. The defenseman fired a shot, and Rinne left a rebound right at Hossa’s feet. Hossa got the ultimate redemption … after which announcer Doc Emrick yelled “KANE!” Close enough. Amazing comeback no matter who scored last.