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Hossa still trying to get untracked

Wednesday, 06.10.2009 / 9:47 AM ET / News
By Brian Compton  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Hossa still trying to get untracked
PITTSBURGH -- At least if Marian Hossa wins his first Stanley Cup this year, he won't have to worry about feeling awkward in front of what would have been a hostile crowd at Mellon Arena.

The Red Wings forward -- who left Pittsburgh to sign a one-year deal in Motown last summer -- will receive one more chance to hoist Lord Stanley in 2009 when his team hosts Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.

The Wings had a chance to close out this best-of-seven series on Tuesday, but came up short in a 2-1 loss to the Penguins at Mellon Arena. Once again, Hossa was held off the score sheet. He has yet to record a goal against his former team in this series.

Now, incredibly, Hossa and the Wings must beat the Pens in a Game 7 to determine the Stanley Cup champion. It's a scenario not many envisioned prior to the start of the regular season -- and certainly not when the Penguins were two games above the .500 mark in mid-February and fired coach Michel Therrien.

"Who would?" Hossa said when asked if he ever thought it would come down to this. "Would you? I don't think many people, but the situation is right now how it is. I have to deal with it and we have to make sure we give it 100 percent and be good at home."

Hossa's certainly hoping to make more of a contribution on Friday, and more than he has in this series. He has just three assists through the first six games, and just three shots in the last two.

"It's definitely frustrating," said Hossa, who had just one shot on goal in 18:27 of ice time. "We didn't play bad, but they scored two goals and we scored one. We didn't create lots of clean chances."

Despite the frustration, though, Hossa hopes his decision to bolt the Pens for the Wings last summer will be validated when the final horn sounds on Friday.

"We believe in ourselves," Hossa said. "It's our last game of the season, and we have to make sure we give it everything."


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

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