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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 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89