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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59