Because you really needed a reminder of how incredible of a hockey player Marian Hossa actually is.
If you were expecting a letdown in a potential trap game, you’re not alone. So was I. But the Hawks got off to another fast start and ran away easily with this one.
But the big story in this one wasn’t so much the two points the Hawks got, or the fact that they once again failed to nail down a shutout, the only team in the National Hockey League without one, but the fact that Marian Hossa hit a career milestone.
Big Hoss became the ninth active player to reach the 900-point mark for his career. That point came on his power play goal that put the Hawks up 5-0.
We really don’t talk about Marian Hossa enough. Between praising Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (not that they don’t deserve it), yelling at the defense for every stupid mistake, and criticizing Stan Bowman for breathing, the future Hall of Famer tends to get lost in the shuffle.
Hossa is in the middle of his best season as a Blackhawk. After struggling with injuries for his first two years in Chicago, Hossa has played in 72 games this season, and is on pace for his highest total since he played in all 82 with Atlanta in 2006-2007.
That health has paid off, with Hossa’s 73 (29 G, 44 A) points leading the team. His nine power play goals are tops on the squad as well, and he’s a plus-22 for the year.
Moving forward, Hossa will obviously continue to play a big part of what the Hawks are trying to accomplish this season. Without Toews in the lineup, Hoss is the best two-way forward on the roster.