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Chicago at San Jose

Hossa scores twice in first game for Blackhawks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Welcome to the Chicago Blackhawks, Marian Hossa.

Hossa scored twice in his long-anticipated first game for Chicago, and the Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 7-2 on Wednesday night for their eighth straight victory.

"It was nice for 'House' to come in and have a meaningful game," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was a good start to his Blackhawks career. I'll be interested in seeing how his line works out from here."

Hossa, who signed a 12-year, $62.8 million contract with Chicago after scoring 40 goals for Detroit last season, had shoulder surgery four months ago.

"I was just trying to get into game shape and trying to make good plays," Hossa said. "I wanted to keep things simple. Who would say we would go 7-2? Everybody played a great game and my shoulder felt fine. I took a couple of hits and it was OK."

Troy Brouwer, Patrick Sharp, Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Seabrook and John Madden also scored for the Blackhawks, playing the fourth game of a six-game trip. Cristobal Huet made 22 saves to help send San Jose its first home regulation loss of the season.

"You never know coming into a game," Quenneville said. "We got contributions across the board."

Chicago had three short-handed goals, the most San Jose has ever allowed.

"You give up three shorties in one night, you're not winning," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.

Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski scored late goals for San Jose.

"I don't think frustration is the word," Boyle said. "We should be embarrassed about the way we came out and played. That was ugly. Seven goals? That's breakdowns from everybody. That's just bad hockey."

The Blackhawks have scored 34 goals during their winning streak.

"We feel like we have lots of energy and we want to keep going," Hossa said. "I didn't expect to click right away like that."

Brouwer got the Blackhawks on the scoreboard with his seventh goal of the season, a short-handed goal with 2:15 left in the first period. He skated behind the Sharks' defenders and scored into the upper right corner.

"This is humbling," McLellan said. "When you're not prepared to play and you're not alert, those things can happen, especially when you're playing, perhaps, the top team in the NHL."

Hossa and Sharp scored short-handed goals in a 28-second span in the second period. Byfuglien added a goal midway through the second period, punching in a rebound to give the Blackhawks a 4-0 advantage.

"We knew the standings coming into the game and coming into their building it's not an easy place to play," Blackhawks defender Duncan Keith said. "But we came out hard and we got those short-handed goals and that took us a long way."

Seabrook scored on a slap shot from just inside the blue line early in the third, and Hossa added his second goal before Madden completed the Blackhawks' scoring.

Boyle scored on a 5-on-3 power play, and Pavelski scored with just over two minutes to play.

Notes

  • Quenneville is one win shy of 500.
  • Sharp scored his second goal in 17 games after opening the season with five in his first six.
  • Sharks left wing Dany Heatley has 19 points in his last 18 games.
  • Brouwer has points in five of his last six games.
  • The Sharks recalled forwards Benn Ferriero and Steven Zalewski and defenseman Joe Callahan from Worcester of the AHL for the game.
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Marian Hossa makes a great first impression with his new team four months after shoulder surgery.  (AP)
Marian Hossa makes a great first impression with his new team four months after shoulder surgery. (AP)
Scoreboard
Chicago  (16-5-2) «1337
San Jose (16-6-4)0022
Three Stars
M. Hossa
CHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
D. Keith
CHI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
T. Brouwer
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
17:45Short - Troy Brouwer (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Keith
2ND PERIOD
04:57Short - Marian Hossa (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Toews
05:25Short - Patrick Sharp (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hjalmarsson
10:38Dustin Byfuglien (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Barker, Sharp
3RD PERIOD
05:19Brent Seabrook (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Keith, Brouwer
06:19Marian Hossa (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Sopel, Kane
11:38John Madden (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Keith, Seabrook
16:17Power Play - Dan Boyle (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Thornton, Heatley
17:50Joe Pavelski (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Clowe, Huskins
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
16:51Seabrook, 2 min, Holding
2ND PERIOD
04:09Brouwer, 2 min, Boarding
11:43Clowe, 2 min, Elbowing
15:42Nichol, 2 min, Hooking
18:32Barker, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
01:36Hjalmarsson, 2 min, Closing Hand on Puck
14:40Barker, 2 min, Hooking
15:03Sopel, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Chicago8211241
San Jose561324
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Cristobal Huet60:00222
Thomas Greiss20:0093
Evgeni Nabokov39:34254
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Attendance - 17562
Referees - Dean Morton, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Jay Sharrers, Bryan Pancich
 
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NJ 3
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Det 0
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