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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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