Memo to NHL goaltenders: Marian Hossa is heating up.
His second straight two-goal game helped the Hawks to a 4-1 win over Minnesota, despite a slow start by the home team. There’s no doubt Hossa is starting to return to is old, dangerous self.
“It feels good when you contribute offensively and things are going well for the team,” Hossa said after the game. “It’s just great for the confidence.”
“They [Minnesota] played well in the first period,” Hossa went on. “Part of the first period, I think they outplayed us. After [the first period], we had a little talk in the dressing room and when the game went on we became a better team and we found a way to score goals and take advantage.”
Coach Joel Quenneville thought the Hawks got “better and better” as the game progressed and credited Cristobal Huet with keeping them in it early.
“I thought he had a terrific game,” Quenneville said. “I thought he really challenged well. I thought he made some several key stops where the rebounds were dangerous. Overall, I thought he was a big factor in this tonight.”
As the Hawks got better, so did Hossa. His first goal of the night came off a Patrick Sharp pass from behind the Wild’s net. He finished it with his patented quick release. His second goal was a thing of beauty. He used a toe drag that put the defenseman down and out, and when Josh Harding made the initial save, Hossa followed his own shot for his 10th of the year.
“When the guy is sliding, it’s a good thing he didn’t poke-check the puck away, and I stayed with the play and got the rebound,” Hossa said.
Not to be left out of the fun, Patrick Kane, on the power play, continued a hot streak with a laser wrist shot to open the lead up for the Hawks at 3-1. It was the eighth straight game the Hawks have scored with the man advantage, and the ninth straight that Kane earned at least a point.
The Hawks won for the 30th time this season, with 20 of those wins coming at home.