Marian Hossa recorded his 500th goal in the NHL as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Philadelphia Flyers for a 7-4 win on Tuesday night. A backhand shot past the right side of Michal Neuvirth allowed the 37-year-old to reach the milestone.
He was understandably deserving of a standing ovation in the United Center:
Before Hossa’s milestone-breaking goal, the Hawks came out flying in the game, with Patrick Kane netting his first goal of the season just 56 seconds into play to put the Hawks ahead early.
Chicago did not stop there, as two goals just over a minute apart late in the opening frame extended its lead to three. The first an unassisted goal from Dennis Rasmussen, as he picked up the loose puck to go five hole through the legs of Neuvirth, followed by an Artemi Panarin power play goal.
Hossa’s milestone came over five minutes into the second, allowing Chicago to hold a four-goal lead for the majority of the second until the Hawks’ penalty kill proved once again that it needs work. With two power play goals Tuesday from the Flyers, the Blackhawks have now allowed nine power play goals in just four games.
Chicago began to unravel early in the third, blowing a 4-1 lead in just over three minutes. Goals in the third for Philadelphia came from Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, and Matt Read, who recorded his second goal of the night.
However, the Hawks bounced back at the halfway mark in the third, as the Kane-Panarin-Anisimov line proved to still be explosive despite having a slow start to the season. The three combined for five goals and six assists in the victory, as four combined goals from Anisimov and Panarin allowed Chicago to take the 7-4 victory at home.
Panarin’s slow start to the season may have been worrisome from not recording a point in his first three games, but his two goals and one assist tonight earned him the third star of the game, and proved why he’s the latest Calder Trophy winner.
The Blackhawks will travel to Columbus on Friday to take on the Blue Jackets at 6 p.m. CT.