2010 NHL Playoffs: Can the Blackhawks Break the Marian Hossa Curse?

May 27th, 2010 by Matthew Hogan Leave a reply »
For the third consecutive season, Chicago Blackhawks right winger Marian Hossa has found himself in the Stanley Cup Final.

However, Hossa is still trying to forget the last two trips he made to claim hockey’s Holy Grail.

Hossa played a pivotal role in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ impressive playoff run during the 2007-08 season.

By trading for Hossa on Feb. 26, 2008, the Pens sent a message that they were ready for a trip to the finals, and all of the hardships along the way.

Hossa, who was 29 at the time, led the young Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final only to lose to the Detroit Red Wings in six games. By no means did Hossa have a bad series—three goals and seven points in six games—but he skated away without the Stanley Cup nonetheless.

The following season, Hossa signed a one-year contract with the same Red Wings who had defeated him in the finals less than a month earlier.

According to reports, Hossa turned down a lengthy contract extension with Pittsburgh because he felt Detroit had a better chance of winning the Cup.

It couldn’t have played out any worse for the nati ...

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