You may have heard. Marian Hossa hit the 500-goal plateau.
It is a huge milestone to reach, and it’s even more impressive when you consider Hossa’s strong two-way game he has maintained his entire career. He’s just as fun to watch without the puck as he is with it.
After scoring his 500th goal on Tuesday, I decided to take a look back at some of the Big Hoss’ top goals from his illustrious career.
Patrick Kane puts this on a tee for him, but a bullet like that in OT deserves some recognition.
Blackhawks fans probably remember this game. Ray Emery stood on his head and saved the game in a shootout. Hossa got the game to OT crashing the net in a clutch situation.
Hoss has a high hockey IQ, and he showed it during this goal with a strong presence of mind to shovel the puck toward the goal-line.
This was a memorable game. After missing a few months recovering from shoulder surgery after the Blackhawks signed him to a lucrative free-agent contract, Hossa debuted with Chicago by scoring two goals.
Look at that patience. My goodness.
Although his stint in Detroit was short, he made the Thrashers, another former club, look silly with this steal-and-score.
This goal was huge. Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Hossa was playing on a sprained MCL and was hearing boatloads of criticism from the media and fans for a lack of scoring in the playoffs (even after a thrilling goal in round one versus Nashville). He opened the scoring in a tight game, and he let out all the frustration in his celebration when he rose to the occasion.
I challenge anyone to find me a goal similar to this. Unique, ridiculous skill, and downright filthy. Goaltender had no chance.
After Kane tied the game in the dying seconds of regulation while shorthanded, Hossa came out of the penalty box after serving a five-minute major for boarding Nashville’s Dan Hamhuis. With the Hawks potentially looking at a win-or-go-home Game 6 in Nashville, Hossa buried the OT winner in Game 5. The Blackhawks went on to win the next game and the series on their way to winning their first Stanley Cup in 49 years in 2010.