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Chicago Blackhawks’ 10 Best Moments Of 2016 Calendar Year

By Colin Likas
Dec 17, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) is congratulated by right wing Patrick Kane (88) after scoring a empty net goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) is congratulated by right wing Patrick Kane (88) after scoring a empty net goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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No. 4: Marian Hossa Hits 500 Goals, Has A Resurgence

After the Blackhawks’ first-round playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues earlier this year, talk was heavy about Marian Hossa’s best years being behind him. He had gotten a little kick playing third-line minutes late in that series, but his 2015-16 season largely saw him go invisible on the offensive end.

Well, nothing a little extra offseason rest can’t fix, apparently. The 37-year-old Hossa is back to his old ways, tallying a team-best 16 goals through 34 games as part of his 23 points. He’s only 10 points from tying the total of points he put up last season.

And one of those 16 goals was a huge one, the 500th of Hossa’s NHL career. He netted that in an Oct. 18 win against Philadelphia.

Hossa just seems revitalized and not at all like he’s close to retirement anymore. Sure, another long postseason run (no guarantee) could cause those previous problems to pop up again moving forward, but we can only worry about the now with Hossa. Once he’s healthy again, we should expect him to get back to slaying bums.

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