Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marian Hossa's Veteran Play Gets Blackhawks a 3-2 Win over Flames

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marian Hossa's Veteran Play Gets Blackhawks a 3-2 Win over Flames

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Hossa's veteran play gets Blackhawks a win

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CALGARY - Marian Hossa's been in the NHL long enough to knows how to make a goal out of seemingly nothing.

Hossa's team-leading 10th goal of the season with 2:23 left in the third period was the winner as the Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2 over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Chad Johnson threw up his glove to stop a hard shot from Artemi Panarin but the puck went off the top of his glove and high in the air. It ended up landing behind him where Hossa got his stick on it for his 80th game-winning goal.

"I don't think the goalie knew exactly where the puck was and the defender tried to put his stick out. I tried to hook on his stick so he doesn't touch the puck and the puck just bounced pretty much close to the goal line and I just tried to put it underneath me in the net," said Hossa.

As the puck trickled over the line, Hossa was in the crease and in the process of falling on the Flames goaltender.

Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said he would have challenged for goaltender interference but he did not have a timeout left, having used it earlier in the period.

Hossa, who has five goals in his last six games, is tied for fourth in goals behind Patrik Laine (12), Sidney Crosby (11) and Michael Grabner (11).

"I just try to put the puck at the net right now," Hossa said. "When you feel like the puck's going in for you, you just try to be around the net or shoot pucks to the net and try to make plays."

It's nothing Joel Quenneville hasn't seen before.

"He's scored some goals from right around that net here to get us a point or two and tonight's a good illustration of how important he's been for us," said the Blackhawks head coach.

Ryan Hartman and Brent Seabrook also scored for Chicago (12-4-2), which has points in 13 of its last 14 (10-1-2) games. The Blackhawks' seven-game road trip continues Saturday night in Vancouver. …

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