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The Friday Five: March 23, 2012

by Leah Hendrickson / Chicago Blackhawks

Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season.

1. On March 16, Patrick Kane became one of just three active players to register 20-plus goals and 40-plus assists in each of his first five NHL seasons.

The only other active NHLers who have reached that plateau are Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. The 23-year-old is now the third player in Blackhawks history with 20-plus goals in each of his first five NHL seasons, joining Jonathan Toews and Denis Savard.

2. Marian Hossa’s power-play tally in the third period in Columbus on March 20 marked his 900th career point.

Only eight other active NHL players have achieved the milestone: Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, Nicklas Lidstrom, Daniel Alfredsson, Joe Thornton, Jarome Iginla, Ray Whitney and Jason Arnott. That goal ties Hossa with former Blackhawks forward Tony Amonte for 95th on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.

3. In the past three NHL Drafts, 270 players were selected from Rounds 5, 6 and 7. Of those players, Marcus Kruger ranks first among them with 23 career points, while Andrew Shaw is second with 18.

Shaw has seven points in his last four games. His game-winner 2:42 into overtime on Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks was his fourth goal in his last three games.

4. Patrick Sharp's power-play tally against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 20 was his 30th goal of the season.

March has been a productive month for the winger, as he has scored 13 points (6G, 7A) in just 11 games.  This is the third time Sharp has reached the 30-goal mark as a Blackhawk.

5. Viktor Stalberg now has ten points in six games -- all wins -- against the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

Stalberg’s uncanny success against Columbus includes 8 of his 18 goals and four straight game-winners in the season sweep of the Blue Jackets. His assist on Sharp’s first-period finish was his 38th point of the season.

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