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Hossa leads Blackhawks over Red Wings in return

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Marian Hossa scored a goal and assisted on 
two  others in his return to Chicago's lineup, helping the Blackhawks beat the 
Detroit Red Wings, 4-1, at United Center. 

Hossa  missed five  consecutive games  with an  upper-body injury  he suffered 
against  Pittsburgh at  Soldier Field on March 1. The Blackhawks went 2-3-0 in 
his absence and snapped a two-game losing streak on Sunday. 

"(Hossa)  changes  the look  and complexion  of our  team game.  He made a big 
difference tonight," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. 

Ben  Smith  had a  goal and one  assist for Chicago,  which continues to trail 
second-place Colorado by one point in the Central Division. 

Duncan  Keith collected  two assists, giving him 300 for his career, and Corey 
Crawford earned the win with 19 saves. 

Jimmy Howard stopped 26 shots for the reeling Red Wings, who have lost five of 
their  last seven  games but  are still  positioned just  outside the  Eastern 
Conference's playoff picture. 

Nick Leddy's blast from the left point on a power play staked Chicago to a 1-0 
lead at 8:44 of the second period. 

Gustav  Nyquist  tied it on  a Detroit power play,  beating Crawford on a shot 
that deflected in off the skate of Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook with 4:50 
remaining in the middle stanza. 

The Blackhawks took  a  2-1 lead  into the  second  intermission after  Smith 
chipped in a rebound while falling down with 14 seconds left. 

Hossa made it 3-1 during 4-on-4 play at 6:33 of the third period, accelerating 
down  the  right wing  and firing  a wrister  behind Howard,  and later set up 
Jonathan Toews for a short-handed tally. 

A  takeaway  by Hossa  triggered a  2-on-1 rush  and he  dished to the Chicago 
captain, who scored on a backhander with 2:10 remaining. 

"I thought we were in a good situation after two," Red Wings head coach Mike 
Babcock said. "We were set up and we let it slip away." 

                                   Game Notes 

Quenneville  picked up  his 699th  win  as an  NHL head  coach ... Blackhawk
forward Brandon Saad left the game with an upper-body injury. 

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