Marian Hossa has been adamant in telling everyone he is just fine coming off that concussion.
He's been cleared since Nov. 15. He'd been skating hard to get cleared, and continued that after he was. Still, the truest test of readiness is game action. Well, after two contests, this much is clear: Hossa wasn't kidding. He's just fine.
Hossa had his second consecutive two-goal game and Dave Bolland had two goals and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-4 at Jobing.com Arena on Sunday night. The Blackhawks got four points on this back-to-back road trip, scoring 11 goals in two games.
Patrick Kane had two assists as did Michal Rozsival, who made his Blackhawks debut. Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg tallied their first goals of the season.
Hossa downplayed tonight's game against the Coyotes, the first time he's faced Phoenix since forward Raffi Torres ended his season in Game 3 last April. For him, he said, it was just another game – "I came into the game, no hard feelings and just prepared like I always do," he said. But there's no doubt that, in these first two games, Hossa is playing some vintage Hossa hockey.
"It's always nice to get a great start, but he's taking it to another level in the first two games," captain Jonathan Toews said on Hossa. "He'll say the same thing: he just wants to keep playing well. But to get that confidence early on is a huge thing."
Said Bolland, "he's playing the same Hossa game he's always played. You see how he uses his size, stick and vision. He's one of the best in the league."
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