On Thursday night, Marian Hossa made a number of critical plays to propel the Blackhawks to victory, including initiating an odd-man rush that led to Patrick Sharp’s game-winning goal.
But the most impressive statistic from the night came on Hossa’s goal in the first period: it was the 400th of his great career.
Ray Emery got the start for Chicago and played another strong game, allowing two goals against 33 shots. The Blackhawks continued their improved work on the penalty kill as well, shutting down six Islanders’ power plays including an important stretch between the end of the second and beginning of the third periods that included almost two full minutes of 5-on-3 play.
Sharp scored two goals in the game, including the game-winner. He has now scored four goals in four December games, and eight in his last seven contests.
Since getting blown out in Edmonton, the Blackhawks are 5-2-1 and have successfully killed 23 of 27 penalties (85.2 percent).
Through Thursday night’s action, 17 players in the NHL have at least 29 points. Four of them are Blackhawks: Toews (32), Kane (31), Sharp (30) and Hossa (29).