The end of last season is one that Marian Hossa would love to forget after being blindsided in the playoffs and knocked out, ending his season for the Chicago Blackhawks. Hossa has come back on a mission after the National Hockey League lockout with four goals in his first two games as Chicago begins with three straight wins. Hossa has always been a great player, just not one I saw doing what he has done this week.
Hossa had a lot of time to think about what happened to him in the playoffs after the hit from Raffi Torres. I’m sure there is still some anger towards Torres and there always will be. Torres is still suspended from the incident, but when the two get back on the ice together, I’m curious to see what happens. Right now though, Hossa is showing the scoring process he has always had. Chicago is a great hockey team and having Hossa back just makes them even more dangerous.
I’m sure Hossa won’t be able to keep up this scoring pace–he was on pace for 96 goals for the season and he didn’t score in Chicago’s win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday–but it is a great way to start the year. Hossa wanted to prove to everyone that he was completely back and healthy from his concussion and the symptoms from that. He has proven what he can do and now has made the Blackhawks a true Stanley Cup contender again.
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