Chicago Blackhawks: Marian Hossa

Kane heats up; Hawks cool Avs

November, 27, 2014
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DENVER, Colo. – Patrick Kane couldn’t believe that not one of his four shots ended up in the back of the net at the Pepsi Center. Ask Marian Hossa how that feels -- he had nine attempts go for nothing Wednesday night.

Ouch.

But Kane still found a way to take over the game in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The 26-year-old winger set up his offense with chances all night and poured on three assists, including a pretty fantastic one to Bryan Bickell for the game-winner late in the third period.

“It would be nice to see some pucks go in the net,” Kane said. “But the power play has been good, and for the most part, it seems like we’re scoring in a good amount of games here.”

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Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY SportsNone of Marian Hossa's nine shots went in the net, but his team still got a hard-earned win over the Avalanche.

Kane just about made the Avalanche's defense tumble over itself when he went right and juked left -- something equivalent to a crossover move that breaks a defender’s ankles in basketball -- and fed it to Bickell, who put the Blackhawks up for good with 5:17 remaining.

Bickell said he was surprised to see the puck skid -- very slowly -- between his feet.

“I threw a half-decent pass to Kane, and I don’t know how he was handling when [the puck] was bouncing, but he made a play and got the puck to the net,” Bickell said. “I was lucky to stop and bury it home.”

The Hawks right wing passed captain Jonathan Toews for team points leader, with 21 (eight goals and 13 assists ) on the season. Yet his impressive numbers have been more of a recent affair, as seven of those points have come in the first four games of this road trip and 11 have been in the past six games.

Makes you wonder: Is he streaky, or has something clicked? Kane, for the record, thinks it has little to do with either.

“Oh, sometimes the puck goes in, and sometimes you find some different ways to play the game, and sometimes you are playing the game with some players that are feeling it, too,” Kane said.

Earlier, he also had a hand in power-play goals by Toews and Andrew Shaw in the second period, when the Hawks finally found a way to beat the wall that was 22-year-old goalie Calvin Pickard. First, Toews scored on the 25th shot of the game for Chicago, and then Kane set up Shaw less than three minutes later.

Overall, Kane said he felt good, especially with his back-and-forth chances with Toews. Truth be told, if not for hand-over-your-mouth saves by Pickard, the duo would have added even more to their stats on Wednesday.

“For us, that’s the name of the game -- finding ways to get some space out there and get those chances,” Kane said. “Obviously, we want to capitalize more on our opportunities, though.”

The Hawks had 45 shots on net and have now out-shot Colorado 244-to-146 in the teams’ past six meetings. For a while, it looked like the Hawks would again have more shots and better chances and still lose to the Avs for the fifth time in six meetings.

But Kane helped keep the pressure on Colorado’s net, and the Hawks improved to 3-1-0 on their six-game trip.

"It’s a good start to the second half of the road trip,” said Kane, whose team ends the trip with the Pacific-leading Anaheim Ducks and defending champion Los Angeles Kings over the weekend. “It’s a lot better being 3-1 through the first four games than 2-2."

Seriously, though, poor Hossa.

Hossa sits out practice but plays vs. Sharks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa missed the morning skate as the Blackhawks prepare to play the Sharks in San Jose on Saturday night.

“He’s fine,” said coach Joel Quenneville, confirming that Hossa will play in the game.

Despite two days off since the Blackhawks' previous game, it might just be another maintenance day for Hossa, who also sat out a practice Jan. 16.

Hossa has been red-hot for Chicago, with eight goals and 11 points in his past 10 games. For the season, Hossa has 23 goals and 23 assists.

UPDATE: Hossa was indeed on the ice for the first period at SAP Center, recording 10 shifts and 6 minutes, 29 seconds of ice time.

Marian Hossa: My head is clear

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa said Monday he won't change how he plays after suffering a severe head injury last season.

Hossa was hit illegally in the head by the Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres in Game 3 of the Blackhawks' first-round playoff series on April 17, 2011. Hossa was taken off the ice on a stretcher and didn't play the rest of the season. Torres was originally suspended 25 games and had it reduced to 21 games after an appeal.

"You can't just be playing careful hockey," Hossa said after Monday's practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. "I just want to be myself. Right now, I feel like that's where I am."

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Hawks never solved their problems

April, 24, 2012
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CHICAGO -- The 300-level rowdies were howling in the third period when the Chicago Blackhawks' Jimmy Hayes was sent off the ice for a brutal boarding call on Michal Rozsival, who lay prone on the ice.

“That’s not a penalty!” one yelled.

This was halfway through the period and en route to a season-ending 4-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. You wondered about the irony there, or maybe the hypocrisy, but really, you almost felt sorry for the bloodthirsty lot.

After all, they’re hockey fans, not irony fans. To the provincial, the Hayes’ hit wasn’t brutal, it was just a “hockey play.” Brutal was going 0-3 at home and missing all 39 shots in Game 6.

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Raffi Torres suspended 25 games

April, 21, 2012
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Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 25 games by the NHL for his hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during Game 3 Tuesday of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Torres appeared to jump into the hit at 11:51 of the first period, lowering his shoulder against the head of Hossa, who no longer had the puck.

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Joel Quenneville questions officiating

April, 18, 2012
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CHICAGO -- It's not often Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will criticize the officiating, but after his team fell 3-2 in overtime to the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series, which the Hawks now trail 2-1, he didn't hold back.

"The officiating tonight was a disgrace," Quenneville said.

Quenneville was mostly referring to referees' failure to see Coyotes' winger Raffi Torres nail Marian Hossa in the head in the first quarter, forcing Hossa to leave the game on a stretcher. Considering the Hawks were punished for five minutes in Game 2 for a hit by Andrew Shaw on goalie Mike Smith, the Hawks argued they could have used a five minute man-advantage themselves. Shaw was kicked out of that game and suspended for three more.

"It was a brutal hit," Quenneville said of Torres' actions. "You could have a multiple-choice question and it's all of the above."

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NHL should suspend Torres for playoffs

April, 18, 2012
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CHICAGO -- This should be a no-brainer right? The NHL is getting a second chance at Raffi Torres exactly a year to the day he sent Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook to the showers with a high hit when Torres was a member of the Vancouver Canucks. This time it was Marian Hossa who got nailed and sent to the hospital. He might end up being OK, but Torres should be done for the series -- and maybe more.

“First off, I hope he’s all right,” Torres said after the Phoenix Coyotes’ 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday. “But as far as the hit goes, I felt like it was a hockey play. I was just trying to finish my hit out there, and as I said, I hope he’s all right.”

That might be Torres’ argument, but after Andrew Shaw got busted for three games, Torres is bound to get a whole lot more. Shaw’s victim, goalie Mike Smith, finished the game. And played the next one. Hossa did not. And may not.

“Who knows what will happen to Raffi Torres, I don’t know what to expect anymore. I don’t think anyone does, so we’ll see,” Jonathan Toews said. “It will probably be a surprise.”

Just as it seemed like the league had set a very low bar with how they dealt with Nashville’s Shea Weber and his head slam of Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg, they raised it higher than anyone expected when Shaw was banned for three games.

Bottom line: A charging and interference infraction combined with a head shot and a bad history should end Torres for the rest of the playoffs. If Shaw’s suspension was a message to the rest of the playoff teams then Torres didn’t understand it. Now simply comes the punishment. The time for messages is over.

The ugly truth about hockey

April, 18, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa left the United Center in an ambulance.

That was after he was carted off the ice, his neck stabilized, his body supine.

That was after he lay on the ice for long, scary minutes as the United Center piped in “Blue Moon,” to chill out the crowd (it didn’t work) and cut replays from the scoreboard.

That was after Hossa’s head bounced off the ice.

That was after Phoenix Coyotes aggressor Raffi Torres left his feet and rammed his left shoulder into Hossa’s right jaw.

That was after Torres, skating from behind, sized up Hossa like he was Brandon Meriweather on skates.

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Rapid Reaction: Coyotes 3, Hawks 2

April, 17, 2012
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CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series on Tuesday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Phoenix’s Mikkel Boedker scored 13:15 into overtime, the third straight extra period in the series, to give the Coyotes a 2-1 series lead. A late first-period goal by Andrew Brunette on a tip of a Patrick Kane shot held up until early in the third period when Rostislav Klesla tied it from the point. That opened the floodgates for two more goals over the next minute of play. The Hawks retook the lead on Michael Frolik's first tally since Dec. 14 as he banged home a rebound of a Brent Seabrook shot. But not long after that Ray Whitney put in a rebound of his own to tie the game at 2-2.

What it means: The Hawks trail 2-1 in the series despite scoring the first goal in all three contests. They led twice on Tuesday but couldn’t hold onto their second lead for more than 30 seconds. Neither team has led by more than a goal at any time in the series, but the Hawks have come up short twice in overtime out of three tries.

Hossa injury: Hossa was blown up near center ice and taken off on a stretcher, but the Blackhawks said he left an area hospital under his own power. It’s unknown if he’s available for Game 4.

What’s next: Game 4 is Thursday at the United Center after a practice day on Wednesday for both teams.

2nd-period wrap: Hawks 1, Coyotes 0

April, 17, 2012
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks continue to lead the Phoenix Coyotes 1-0 at the United Center in Game 3 of their playoff series on Tuesday night.

There was no scoring in the second period as the teams played an even 20 minutes. The Hawks had a couple of power-play chances, but couldn’t covert. Phoenix had fewer scoring chances than they did in the first period as the Hawks played more in the offensive zone than they did earlier in the game.

Andrew Brunette has the lone goal for Chicago, coming back in the first period on a redirection of a Patrick Kane shot.

Marian Hossa was taken to an area hospital after getting hit in the head by Raffi Torres. No update on his condition has been given and Torres wasn’t penalized on the play. Tempers flared at the end of the second period with goalies Corey Crawford and Mike Smith even exchanging words.

1st-period wrap: Hawks 1, Coyotes 0

April, 17, 2012
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks led the Phoenix Coyotes 1-0 after the first period of Game 3 at the United Center on Tuesday.

Patrick Kane scored with under 30 seconds to play in the period after a faceoff win by Marcus Kruger led to Kane’s shot near the point. Andrew Brunette provided the screen for him.

The Coyotes had 16 shots on net and the better scoring chances, while also earning two power plays, but the story of the first period was a scary hit by Raffi Torres on Marian Hossa. Torres hit Hossa in the head midway through the period after Hossa passed the puck. Hossa went down to the ice and was eventually carted off on a stretcher.

There was no further update on Hossa and no penalty was called on the play, although Brandon Bollig quickly jumped Torres and was given a roughing penalty.

The Hawks had 10 shots on net, but not many scoring chances other than on Kane’s goal.

Marian Hossa leaves on stretcher

April, 17, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa left the ice on a stretcher Tuesday night after sustaining an apparent head injury midway through the first period of Game 4 of Chicago's first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Hossa was leveled by Coyotes forward Raffi Torres after a pass in the neutral zone. Torres struck Hossa's head during the hit and Hossa immediately fell to the ice. There was no penalty called on the play.

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A Kane/Toews/Hossa line looking likely

April, 9, 2012
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks playoff lineup started to take shape with Monday’s first postseason practice. And the moment Jonathan Toews lined up at center with Patrick Kane to his left, you knew it was going to be an interesting day.

Toews didn’t exactly declare himself in Thursday’s Game 1 lineup against the Phoenix Coyotes, but let’s put it this way: He’s playing unless he has a setback from his concussion.

"I'm feeling more confident Thursday might be the day, but we'll see,” Toews said after practice to the largest media contingent of the season.

We’re down to semantics with Toews. And that’s just fine. No reason to put the cart ahead of the horse at this late date in his recovery. In other words, why jinx it until lineups need to be turned in?

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Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty ImagesPatrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa could prove a formidable line in the playoffs.
But with Kane on left wing instead of center or the right side, it all but assures Joel Quenneville is planning on having his captain in the lineup. You don’t ask an All-Star to play a position he hasn’t played since November of 2009 on a whim. Kane, Toews and Marian Hossa on the same line is happening.

“It’s a little bit different,” Kane said. “I’ve never really played it before. We just want to play with the puck. Working hard is the biggest thing, especially with the amount of skill we have. It seems like it could be a fun line.”

Kane and Hossa quickly remembered the last time it was tried. It was in Hossa’s Hawks debut back in 2009 against the San Jose Sharks.

“I remember three years ago, in my first game, we played together right away but after that we didn’t play much together,” Hossa said. “It can [click] right away or it can take some time. Hopefully it clicks right away.”

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VANCOUVER -- He may or may not be the answer as the second-line center for the Chicago Blackhawks, but newly acquired forward Brendan Morrison is going to get first crack at it.

Morrison lined up between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp during practice Monday evening in Vancouver and summed up the idea of playing with the two stars with one word.

“Fun,” he declared after practice. “Two highly skilled players. Very talented. Great offensive instincts. Hopefully we can develop some chemistry.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says he’s not worried about Morrison’s 36-year-old legs keeping up with Hossa and Sharp. He just wants him to be himself.

“He adds a real nice dimension in the middle,” Quenneville said. “Be it faceoffs and experience. He can make plays and see plays. Playing with Hossa and anyone else could be the makings of something special.”

One thing no one can question is Morrison’s leadership and work ethic. Everyone associated with his new team or his old one – Vancouver -- raved about his integrity as a player.

“I was a big fan of Brendan,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. “The knowledge of the game, the way he prepares was a great example for our group. He was a real piece of the foundation of this organization for a long time.”

Morrison’s new captain echoed the same.

“He’s always been known as a hard-working player,” Jonathan Toews said. “One of those character guys on the ice. For a guy that plays both ways in the middle, it’s going to be a huge help for our team.”

The new lines

With the addition of Morrison on the second line, Quenneville elected to move Marcus Kruger to wing and play him with Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw. Jamal Mayers remained at center with Bryan Bickell and Andrew Brunette on the fourth line.

Quenneville likes Kruger’s defense and this places him in a more prominent role playing beside Bolland. If Morrison doesn’t work out with Hossa and Sharp, then expect Kruger to return to that position.

Quotable

  • “I think guys that tell you they don’t think about it are lying to you.” -- Morrison, on playing his career without winning a Stanley Cup.

  • “I kind of went into hiding. Put a Balaclava [ski mask] on.”-- Vancouver area native Morrison, on being traded to the Hawks.

  • “I don’t know how much more help he needs. He’s third in scoring in the league.” – Morrison, on what he can do to help Marian Hossa.

  • “It was almost like a wedding reception. I just stood in line as the team filed in the door.” -- Morrison, on meeting his new teammates on Monday.

  • “Was the highlight of the night. Hopefully Kaner saves the day tomorrow and swoops in for the rescue.” -- Toews on Patrick Kane's Superman costume from the skills challenge at All-Star weekend.

  • “I’m not calling him Super Kane.” -- Sharp

  • “Sometimes they are tougher than others. Whether it’s the economics of it sometimes you make business decisions.”--Quenneville on sending Jimmy Hayes to the minors.
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