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Hossa’s goal boosts Blackhawks’ playoff hopes

Associated Press / March 29, 2011

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Marian Hossa scored against the Detroit Red Wings for the first time since leaving them to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks.

He was happier about the extra point it gave the defending champions.

Hossa scored on a power play 51 seconds into overtime, lifting Chicago to a 3-2 road win last night.

“We are real desperate to get points,’’ Hossa said.

The Blackhawks improved their precarious playoff positioning with their third win in four games. They began the night in eighth place, barely ahead of idle Calgary and Dallas.

“Definitely a different year,’’ Chicago’s Jonathan Toews said.

Henrik Zetterberg was called for hooking Patrick Kane with 3.7 seconds left, putting Chicago on the power play to begin the extra session. The Blackhawks took advantage on Hossa’s shot from the left circle off a pass from Kane.

Zetterberg agreed with the call and thought it was a fitting end to Hossa’s night.

“He had a real good game,’’ Zetterberg said. “I’m not surprised he scored the game-winner.’’

The Blackhawks improved to 15-6-4 in March and February after barely being over .500 in each of the first four months of the season.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged the latest win was important. “None bigger all year,’’ he said. “It was a playoff game for us.’’

Ducks 5, Avalanche 4 — Teemu Selanne had three goals and two assists, rookie Cam Fowler scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, and host Anaheim posted its eighth victory in 10 games. Selanne scored his first penalty-shot goal in 18 years during Anaheim’s three-goal second period before completing his 22d career hat trick on a power play with 4:49 to play.

The 40-year-old Finnish Flash had his ninth career five-point game for the surging Ducks, who stayed one point in front of Chicago for seventh place in the West.

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