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Central: Hossa Ends Goal Slump On Bobblehead Night

Tuesday, 01.05.2010 / 3:09 PM / News
By Phil Coffey  - NHL.com Editorial Director
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Central: Hossa Ends Goal Slump On Bobblehead Night
Seeing his own bobblehead sure paid off for Marian Hossa Sunday, as he scored twice to end a 6-game goal-less streak.
Seems like there is nothing like your own bobblehead to get things going. At least that was the case for the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

Hossa scored two third-period goals against the Ducks to cement a victory and also end a six-game cold streak that saw him with 4 assists over that span.

This bobblehead thing seems to work for the 'Hawks. As Brian Hamilton reported in the Chicago Tribune, Patrick Kane scored a goal on his bobblehead night in December.

As for Hossa, the return to the scoring column is more good news for a team sharing the Western Conference lead with the San Jose Sharks. Remember, Hossa is behind the curve having missed the start of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. With the rest of his teammates at the halfway mark of the season, Hossa has just hit his 20th game and his 8 goals and 10 assists are a harbinger of what's to come.

"I just tried to work hard, get open and create chances and the puck just didn't want to go in," Hossa said in traditional hockeyspeak. "You just have to stay positive and keep working and good things will happen. I got two in and hopefully it will continue."

But coach Joel Quenneville said he was relieved to have one of his chief scorers get off the deck.

"I'm not worried about who's doing the scoring, as long as we're getting some production (on Hossa's line). We've been getting some offense here across the board along the way, but nice to see him get a couple."

Verdi joins Hawks -- It is said that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. But that won't likely happen with the Blackhawks who have named the much respected Bob Verdi as the team historian.

According to the 'Hawks, Verdi will use his 50 years experience writing about the team for club publications and the Web site, as well as other projects. His piece on terrific tandems in Blackhawks history can be found here.

"We are privileged to add such a true Chicago sports legend in Bob to our staff," Blackhawks Senior Vice President of Business Operations Jay Blunk said. "As Team Historian, he will give our organization perspective and depth in a number of different roles, which includes contributing on chicagoblackhawks.com. His 40-plus years of sports journalism in Chicago will serve as a great link to our franchise’s rich history."

Author: Phil Coffey | NHL.com Sr. Editorial Director