Marian Hossa finally finds net in playoffs

April, 26, 2014
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ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa couldn’t predict how and when he was going to score.

But he had a good feeling a goal was coming his way if he just continued to play as he had against the St. Louis Blues through the first four games of their series.

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Mark Buckner/NHLI/Getty ImagesMarian Hossa knew his first goal in the playoffs couldn't be far off, and he netted it Friday.
Hossa said that around noon on Friday. He scored less than 10 hours later.

"I just tried to create something out there," Hossa said after the Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime win on Friday. "Obviously, I had a couple great pucks on my sticks and tried to take a couple good shots and finally I get the rebound off my shot. I saw the net half open, and I tried to finish it.

"It’s always a great feeling, but, like I said, it doesn’t matter who scores in the playoffs as long as we win. I try to play a 200-foot game. That’s my game. But, definitely, when you score, you get that extra boost."

Hossa had done plenty of creating in the first four games, too, but just hadn't gotten the final result. He attempted 37 shots, including 21 on net, through the first four games.

On Friday, he continued to challenge Blues goaltender Ryan Miller. Hossa attempted eight shots, including a game-high seven on net. He now has a league-high 28 shots on net in the playoffs.

Hossa broke through with his goal late in the first period. Hossa put a shot on Miller from the slot, and Miller blocked it. Hossa found the puck again in front of the net and finally put it home.

"Nice to score for him," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought he had the puck a lot tonight. I thought he progressed last game as the game went on. Tonight when he had the puck like that -- defensively, he does all the right things -- him with the puck, offensively, that line can be a big threat."

The difference?

"The difference was I scored a goal," said Hossa, who has 44 career playoff goals. "Obviously, I had a couple great chances in games before. I didn’t, but like I said, as long as we win, it doesn’t matter who scores. That’s huge."
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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