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Turning Point of Game 4

Hossa's shorthanded goal was a devastating blow to the Hawks

Sunday, 05.24.2009 / 6:47 PM ET / News
By Christy Hammond  - Community Relations Manager
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Turning Point of Game 4
CHICAGO -- Detroit opened the scoring with a shorthanded 2-on-1 opportunity. Valtteri Filppula made a slick pass over Cam Barker’s stick to Marian Hossa, who then beat Chicago netminder Cristobal Huet at 8:41 in the first frame.

“We were able to get a shorthanded goal, which was a killer,” defenseman Brian Rafalski said. “Emotionally, it gives us a big lift. It brings them down a little bit.”

For Chicago, who felt they had momentum before Hossa’s first goal, the shorthanded tally was a frustrating development. “You lose a lot of momentum on plays like that,” Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said.

With captain Nicklas Lidstrom, star forward Pavel Datsyuk, and faceoff wizard Kris Draper out of the game due to injury, a huge shorthanded marker from Hossa showed that Detroit’s big guns came to play tonight.

“But as far as Nick and Pav, we just have a lot of depth,” Rafalski said. “Hoss had a great game, stepped up. Fil had a great game, Z, obviously Mule, everyone contributed.”

Filppula and Hossa would team up for two more tallies in the second period as the Red Wings snagged a 5-1 lead heading into the second intermission. Hossa’s second marker proved to be a devastating blow to Chicago when he scored a mere 12 seconds after the Blackhawks’ only goal of the contest.

“Hoss once again came up huge for us when we needed him,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said.

Hossa finished the game with an assist, two goals, and three hits in 17:07 of ice time. “I just knew I had to drive to the net more often, be dangerous, and play more physical,” Hossa said.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89