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One of hockey's best players over the past 15 years, Marian Hossa will likely skate in his 1,000th NHL game this Sunday when the Blackhawks take on the Red Wings in Detroit. From the moment Hossa first donned the Blackhawks sweater on Nov. 26, 2009, he has been creating memorable moments for Chicago hockey fans (he did score two goals in that debut effort against the San Jose Sharks). In his three-plus seasons with the Blackhawks, the veteran winger has made highlight reel goals, recorded career milestones and - most importantly - hoisted the Stanley Cup.
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1st Star: C Phillip Danault, Moncton (QMJHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 5A, +5 plus/minus
Danault week-to-week performance just keeps reinforcing why Moncton gave up the farm to get him at the midseason trade deadline. The Wildcats swept their slate last week, going 3-0 and outscoring opponents 16-6 in the process. Danault logged an assist on Feb. 19 vs. Acadie-Bathurst and enjoyed a three-point night in a 7-2 win over Drummondville on Friday, then exploded for two goals and two assists in a tightly-contested 4-3 overtime win over P.E.I., contributing to all four Moncton goals, including the game-winner in the extra frame.
It’s not every day that a member of the famous "Miracle on Ice" team that upset the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics drops by the United Center. Former Blackhawk Jack O’Callahan was on hand to take your questions from Twitter on Friday night. You asked, he answered.
1. @Lin117: Hockey teams are much like family... are you still close to the 'Miracle' team?
Yes, we have a very good group of guys and we stay in touch. We’re very close.
Tony Amonte scored the first hat trick in the United Center on Feb. 22, 1996 against St. Louis. Amonte went on to record 63 points (31G, 32A) during the 1995-96 campaign.
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On this date in 1944, a "perfect game" is played at Chicago Stadium. The game ends in a scoreless tie, and there are no penalties called.
On this date in 1927, George Hay registered the first hat trick in Blackhawks history in a 4-1 victory over the Red Wings in Detroit.
Seabrook left Sunday's 3-2 win against Los Angeles after being hit by a puck in the first period, but he returned in the second frame and finished the game.
|(Barry Rankin/Saginaw Spirit)|
1st Star: LW Garret Ross, Saginaw (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 5A, +3 plus/minus
Although Saginaw went 1-2-0 this week, Spirit captain Garret Ross continued his offensive excellence, registering at least one point in the three contests. After scoring Saginaw’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss to Plymouth on Feb. 13, he recorded a pair of helpers in a 6-4 loss to Oshawa two nights later. Ross saved his best performance for the last game of the homestand, exploding for five points (2G, 3A) in a 7-4 victory over Windsor on Feb. 16.
On this date in 2011, Patrick Sharp registered his fifth multi-goal game of the season, scoring two goals and adding a helper in Columbus, and reached the 30-goal plateau for the second time in his career as a Blackhawk.