Marian Hossa already has completed one important task this season.

The Blackhawks winger set out to remain healthy in 2011-12, expressing in late September a desire "to play in 80 to 82 games — that's my goal."

Mission accomplished.

Hossa appeared in his 80th game when he took the ice against the Wild on Thursday night. It's a departure from his first two seasons with the Hawks, when injuries limited him to 57 regular-season games in 2009-10 and 65 last season. The 80 games are the most the 33-year-old has played since competing in all 82 with the 2006-07 Thrashers.

"That's good," Hossa said of reaching 80. "The bumps and bruises, I don't count those. The main thing is I can play in the games. I'm glad I've only missed one the whole season. That was my goal, so I'm happy with that result."

Since sitting out against the Bruins on Oct. 15 with an upper-body injury, Hossa has appeared in 76 consecutive games. With the playoffs approaching, he said he's energized by the thought of postseason action.

"Looking forward, you have to have an extra step because everybody needs to step up their games," Hossa said. "It's still the same game, but everything is faster."