Hossa celebrates 1000th game; team's point streak snapped at Colorado
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After celebrating Marian Hossa's 1,000th NHL game with a ceremony at the United Center, the Blackhawks notched wins against Minnesota and Colorado, followed by losses to Colorado and Edmonton. The loss to Colorado on March 8 capped the team's win streak at 11 games and point streak at 24, a franchise record and NHL record respectively.
To honor Marian Hossa's 1,000th regular-season NHL game, which the winger played on Mar. 3, 2013, against the Detroit Red Wings, the Blackhawks donned commemorative jerseys while warming up against the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-3 on Mar. 5, 2013, at the United Center.
Marian Hossa's wife and daughter joined him on the ice for the pregame ceremony in his honor. "It was a special night for me, for my family," Hossa said after the game. "It was amazing to have my wife and daughter right there with me at the ceremony. It was a nice, warm welcome by the fans and I enjoyed it."
Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman and President/CEO John McDonough present Marian Hossa with a silver stick to commemorate his 1,000th game.
Clayton Stoner of the Minnesota Wild takes a tumble as Jonathan Toews skates after the puck on Mar. 5, 2013.
Brandon Saad got the Hawks on the board and added two more assists in the first period against the Wild for the first multi-point game of his NHL career.
Going into the game against Minnesota, Corey Crawford ranked second in the NHL with a .945 save percentage..
The Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche warm up at the United Center on Mar. 6, 2013. The Hawks won 5-3, using four first-period goals to build a lead the Avalanche couldn't overcome.
Patrick Sharp battles Colorado's Aaron Palushaj for possession along the boards on Mar. 6, 2013.
Johnny Oduya tallied an assist on Jonathan Toews's shorthanded goal in the third period on Mar. 6, 2013. The defenseman was second on the team in ice time during Avalanche power plays. To view a breakdown of time on the ice by player, in addition to other stats from the streak, click here.
Marcus Kruger drives around the Avalanche net on Mar. 6, 2013.
Actor John Cusack celebrates a Blackhawks goal. The Chicagoland native later tweeted out his support for the team.
Bryan Bickell and Colorado's Jan Hejda jockey for control of the puck.
Daniel Carcillo celebrates his game-winning goal, scored with 50 seconds left in regulation, with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya. To view a video of the last-minute goal, click here.
Daniel Carcillo playfully swipes at Ray Emery after the Blackhawks beat the Avalance on Mar. 6, 2013.
Jonathan Toews talks to members of the media after the game on Mar. 6, 2013. "What we've been through lately really gives us that confidence that we can go into the third period, down a goal, and we have a great feeling that somehow, someway, we're going to find a way," Toews said.
Johnny Oduya drives the puck up the ice ahead of Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog on Mar. 8, 2013, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. The Blackhawks lost 6-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Corey Crawford takes the ice for warmups before a game against the Edmonton Oilers on Mar. 10, 2013, at the United Center. The Oilers scored four goals in the first period and two more in the second en route to a 6-5 victory over the Blackhawks.
Patrick Kane celebrates his power-play goal in the third period, which brought the Blackhawks within one score of tying the game. "Definitely disappointed with the way we began the game," head coach Joel Quenneville said afterward. "We liked the response, though, after that. It was a tough ending. Certainly looked like we had a chance to get the equalizer. Give them credit because we faced a dangerous opponent and they attacked well."
Brandon Saad and Niklas Hjalmarsson fight for a puck during practice on Mar. 13, 2013, before the team departed on a four-game roadtrip.
Assistant coach Mike Kitchen talks to forward Jimmy Hayes, who was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, during practice on Mar. 13, 2013. Click here to view a video of head coach Joel Quenneville and Hayes discussing Hayes' recall.
Photos by Bill Smith, Chase Agnello-Dean and Mackenzie McCluer, unless otherwise noted.