Chicago Blackhawks Welcome Back Hossa, Stalberg…and Turco

December 27th, 2010 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks matched their longest win streak of the season Sunday night with a 4-1 victory over Columbus.  The game was eventful for the return of two veteran players.  One had been away from the ice.  The other had been MIA from the crease.

Marian Hossa was back from a lower body injury that kept him out of the lineup for a month, while Marty Turco notched his first win since shutting out Edmonton back on November 17.  The Blackhawks have now won four in a row over the holidays.

Both returns were announced with a flourish, and are crucial to the Hawks fortunes.

Hossa tallied a pair of assists and skated strong, much to the pleasure of United Center faithful.  Turco, stepping into the crease in response to Corey Crawford's bout with the flu, stopped 14 first-period attempts by the Blue Jackets.  He stopped 26 shots on the night.

The significance of Hossa and Turco getting back into the lineup and contributing to the win is obvious.  The returns of Hossa and Viktor Stalberg (who was plus-1 in 11:41 of ice time) leave Patrick Kane as the only Blackhawk still on the injury ...

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