The way Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault saw it, Marian Hossa was "teeing it up from the ladies tee" when he fired a shot straight past goalie Roberto Luongo for the Blackhawks' first goal of their Game 5 romp.

It wasn't a knock on Hossa, but a critical statement of the gap his team gave Hossa as he weaved through the defense and fired away. Still, Hossa tends to make others appear as if they're standing around when he's clicking like he was in Game 5.

"I definitely feel great, especially to help the team offensively," said Hossa, who finally broke from his offensive slumber with two goals and an assist. "I felt I had something going but couldn't put the puck in. [Thursday] was one of those nights where things finally worked out."

A productive Hossa is the last thing the Canucks want to see, especially with other Hawks stars in Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp already filling up the scoresheet.

Hossa had just one assist and a minus-3 rating in the first four games of the series. It was one of those slumps that always draws questions about Hossa's health and fatigue level.