Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hossa Scores 500th As Blackhawks Win Wild One Against Flyers, 7-4

Marian Hossa joined an elite club tonight as he scored his 500th career goal.  Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane tallied four points each, as the Chicago Blackhawks won a wild game against the Philadelphia Flyers, 7-4.

The Blackhawks jumped to an early lead, just :56 into the game, as Kane scored his 1st of the year as he grabbed a loose puck and performed a wraparound to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.  Dennis Rasmussen grabbed a puck after a a blowout by Flyers defenseman, Ivan Provorov, and went forehand, backhand, 5-hole, to make it 2-0.  Artemi Panarin added his 1st of the year on a one-timer from a shot/pass from Brent Seabrook on the power play, to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead after the first period.

In the second, Hossa did what he always does.  Powers himself to the net, and flipped a backhand shot past Flyers goalie, Michal Neuvirth, for a 4-0 lead on his 500th career goal.  There was a stop in play as the crowd erupted to salute the DemiGod of the NHL.  A class move by the Flyers club was recognized as they all sat on their bench to give Hossa his moment.

After that point, the Flyers came back with a furious comeback as they erased the 4 goal lead to tie the game.  Right before the end of the 2nd period, after a Kane penalty, the Blackhawks penalty kill let them down again as the Flyers made it 4-1.  The Flyers carried that momentum into the 3rd as they scored 3 more goals (one more given up on the penalty kill) within the first 4 minutes to silence the United Center crowd.

Fortunately, the Blackhawks found their stride at the 10:24 mark of the 3rd as  Anisimov scored the first of his two goals on the night to allow the Hawks to regain the lead.  Just over 5 minutes later, Panarin struck again on a one-timer, set up by...who else...Kane, to extend the lead to 6-4.  Anisimov would add an empty net goal to seal the victory.

Notable Mentions: Marian Hossa became the 44th player in NHL history to record 500 goals before leaving the game with a lower body injury.  Seabrook, who had three assists tonight, now has 5 points in 4 games so far this year.  He's definitely earned the "A" he was awarded with at the beginning of the year.  Kane tied Kenny Wharram for 9th place on the Blackhawks All-Time Goals Scoring List.  The Hawks penalty kill is a dismal 43.75% efficiency, (7 kills on 16 chances), worst in the NHL.

3 Stars of The Game

1st - Marian Hossa - 1G
2nd - Artem Anisimov - 4 Points (2G 2A), +3

3rd - Artemi Panarin - 3 Points (2G 1A), +2

Next Game: Friday, October 21st, Away Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 6PM, TV - CSN


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