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#TBT: Hossa's OT Winner a Defining Moment in 2010 Cup Run

Iconic moment captured in bobblehead giveaway at 2010 Anniversary Night on Friday vs. Columbus

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc / Blackhawks.com

Throughout every championship journey a team has a defining moment that helps determine its destiny.

The Blackhawks encountered one of those during the 2010 postseason when they were 63 seconds from being down 3-2 to the Predators in the Western Conference quarterfinals with Marian Hossa headed to the penalty box and Game 6 scheduled to be played in Nashville.

The Predators held a 4-3 lead late in the third period of Game 5 on April 24, 2010 when Hossa was assessed a five-minute major penalty for boarding Dan Hamhuis that all but assured the Blackhawks would be headed to Nashville on the brink of elimination.

That was when magic struck.

Video: 2010 Anniversary Celebration - Hossa Goal

With goaltender Antti Niemi pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Patrick Kane sent the United Center crowd into a frenzy when he scored shorthanded to even the game at 4-4.

Kane later said that at the time, the goal was "the biggest of my life."

During overtime, Hossa waited rather impatiently before bursting out of the box and heading toward the Predators net.

"It was a really long five minutes in the box," Hossa said. "When I saw Patrick score to tie it, I was jumping like a little kid. Another four minutes into overtime, what a relief when I saw the puck coming to me."

The puck, courtesy of deflection of a Brent Sopel shot, found Hossa all alone in front and the veteran forward shoveled it past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne for an improbable 5-4 victory and a momentum shift that the Blackhawks rode all the way to their first Stanley Cup championship in 49 years.

While the United Center crowd roared, Hossa slid across the ice on his knees while pumping his fists until his Blackhawks teammates mobbed him.

"There are defining moments in every series," then-coach Blackhawks Joel Quenneville said. "That was huge."

Video: TBT: Hossa's 2010 OT Winner vs. Nashville

 

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