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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 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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80