That isn’t just any Marian Hossa goal, folks. That’s the 500th tally of his surefire Hall of Fame career. It wasn’t anything terribly fancy, but it got the job done.
Hossa took a cross-ice feed from Artem Anisimov as both were entering the offensive zone. Hossa used his typical puck-possessing abilities to fend off a Philadelphia defender, then flipped a backhander through Michal Neuvirth.
Hossa saluted an appreciative crowd at the Madhouse on Madison shortly after the goal.
So there goes a big career mark for Hossa, but there’s actually another one on the way. The 37-year-old is just seven assists away from 600 for his regular-season career. That doesn’t seem like anything too difficult to achieve for Hossa, assuming he stays healthy.
There was plenty else going on in this game as well. The Blackhawks jumped all over Neuvirth and the Flyers when Patrick Kane bagged his first goal of the season less than a minute in, wrapping the puck into the net.
The Blackhawks then bombarded Philadelphia late in the opening period, with some help from a lucky break.
Dennis Rasmussen chased a backward-skating Ivan Provorov into the Flyers zone, where the rookie Provorov tripped over his own skates and essentially pushed the puck into Rasmussen’s path in front of Neuvirth. The rest was clockwork for Rasmussen.
Artemi Panarin got his first point of the season less than a minute later when he scored on a Blackhawks powerplay, courtesy a nice slap pass from Brent Seabrook.
Things are looking a little better early in the week
The Blackhawks started the season losing their first two games, but they defeated Nashville on Saturday and were looking good against Philadelphia midway through the second period.
Chicago has a nice little run of games coming up, as Columbus, Toronto and Calgary follow the Flyers on the schedule.
If the Blackhawks are able to get some offensive production throughout the season from a variety of sources like they have been so far, things bode pretty well for this team — and especially well for Hossa reaching 600 assists sooner rather than later.