You could sense that Tuesday’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild would be special even before the puck dropped. In a pregame ceremony, Marian Hossa was presented with a silver hockey stick and specially commissioned painting in honor of his 1000th game, which he played on Sunday in Detroit. Prior to that, the team payed homage to their teammate by wearing his jersey during warm-ups, making for an intimidating sight on the ice.
Hossa topped off his special night by scoring the Blackhawks’ fourth goal of not just the night, but the first period. Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell had already answered the Wild’s opening goal, with Bickell scoring two of his own. By the end of the period, Saad had two assists – including one on Hossa’s goal – to add to his goal.
Just when the Blackhawks faltered and allowed the Wild two goals in the third period, Patrick Kane once again stepped up and saved the day with a wrist shot that pinged off the post but went into the net for the 5-3 win. With that, the Blackhawks made franchise history: this is the first time in the team’s 86-year history that they’ve won ten games in a row.
The Blackhawks may have set a franchise record and inched their way closer to another league record with their win, but the night belonged to Hossa, who was named the game’s first star. As the crowd chanted his name during his pregame ceremony, you could feel how magical the night was. You can be sure that no one will forget this game.