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Video: Hossa can’t finish breakaway, but Toews does

May 4, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

For the second straight game, the Blackhawks struck first against the Minnesota Wild.

Bryan Bickell won a battle for the puck in Chicago’s zone and pulled off a long pass to Marian Hossa, who hung back from the play to facilitate the breakaway. Hossa had a great opportunity to beat Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, but he wasn’t able to get the puck in the back of the net.

Instead, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews outskated Wild captain Mikko Koivu though to collect the rebound and score before Bryzgalov had a chance to recover from his efforts against Hossa.

You can watch Game 2’s opening goal below:

Chicago held Minnesota to just two shots on goal in the first period after the Wild outshot them 32-22 in the series opener.

  1. homegrowntalentmn - May 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Come on refs… I’ve seen at LEAST 3 stick infractions on Chicago then they go an call the hook on fontaine. Bs. Not taking anything away from Chicago. Wild are playing sloppy. Unnecessary passes. Just shoot the puck

  2. joey4id - May 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    That was a gamer’s goal. There were 2 Wild players (Stoner and Koivu) between Hossa and Toews. Matter of fact Toews was behind Koivu in the neutral zone and just blew by him to take the rebound. It all comes down to details, and very few teams are as good as the Hawks when it comes to attention to details. Wild gamers have to step up.

    • mp1131211 - May 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      He didn’t “blow by him.” He hooked Koivu, slowed him down. That’s not detail, that’s a penalty.

      • joey4id - May 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Oh! Stop your whining. There was no hook, and Koivu stopped skating whereas Toews busted his a$$ going to the net. Didn’t see anyone on the Wild team complain either. Give credit where credit is due.

      • mp1131211 - May 4, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        Are you watching the nbc broadcast or did you just see the video here? They showed it clear as day in slow motion. No whining, you brought it up. You are the type that can dish it but can’t take it, aren’t you?

      • joey4id - May 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Take what? Whining? Koivu stopped skating a la Ovi. He quit on the play whereas Toews skated up the ice from his own zone to pick up the rebound. Just admire the effort and the small things a great player does to help his team. Very few do the small things as well as he does.

      • mp1131211 - May 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        See if this pulls up. You didn’t answer the question, but I think you aren’t watching the broadcast.

      • joey4id - May 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Broadcast on NBC. Link you sent didn’t work. I didn’t see the hook, and I didn’t see an jerking motion backward like a player does when he’s being hooked. I have noticed how Toews often uses his stick to counter a player as the puck is getting close to him.

      • mp1131211 - May 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        Toews put him on his heels. He didn’t just stop skating. If you watched the NBC broadcast, really not sure how you missed that since they detailed it.

    • mp1131211 - May 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      The story you tell yourself is that Toews is great. So when you watch the prohockeytalk clip and see Koivu slowly approaching and Toews cruising in, you think, “There it is, the little things.” But actually, the “little thing” that Toews did was pull Koivu onto his heels which is why you see Koivu going from stop to start in the right side of screen.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Wild fans are the some of the worst homers on these forums and it showed when Cooke injured another player.


      • strictlythedanks - May 5, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        *best fans

        Blood craver is one of the lamest posters on these forums, she(?) has shown it on her endless posts on every wild thread preying for them to be eliminated so that she can finally feel alive for once.


        what a jabroni you are blood craver, making up these matt cooke defenders on every forum when they dont exist.

        we get it, you dont have a life.

  3. mp1131211 - May 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I think the Wild are still admiring their win in Colorado or something. They’re checked out and just enjoying visiting Chicago or something.

  4. ineedmorehossa - May 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    I need more Hossa

    • mp1131211 - May 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      God, I dont!

      As much as I want the Wild to win, the Hawks are fun to watch! Hossa is a genius and makes his teammates look even better than they are

      • homegrowntalentmn - May 4, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        hossa is a god.

    • chicagobtech - May 4, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      We all do, buddy. We all do.

  5. blackhawks2010 - May 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Captain is on fire! All cylinders are firing, looking good.

  6. muckleflugga - May 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM


    isn’t being a homer the point of it all …?

    there’s nothing phonier than numpties trying to pass themselves off as being impartial on commentary involving their own teams, taking the part of the opponent when it’s politically expedient to do so … raaaaaaaalph

    except maybe the agony aunts jumping all over player injuries with honey-dripping sympathy and alligator tears when an opponent is injured that is … raaaaaaaalph

    except maybe fools who claim allegiance as fans to more than one team, choosing the better in the moment, then arguing those who don’t support their variance in teams is not a true fan that is … raaaaaaaalph

    except maybe the smug and self-infatuated twats who quote themselves as if their commentary is sufficiently profound so as to warrant repetition that is … raaaaaaaalph


    • strictlythedanks - May 5, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      one of the best points I’ve read from you, the bloodcravers only allegiance is a nauseating bitterness towards the wild

  7. homegrowntalentmn - May 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    we’ll said

  8. slysipops - May 5, 2014 at 6:39 PM


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