Marian Hossa played a big role in the Chicago Blackhawks' splendid season-opening performance, which spoiled one team's highly anticipated celebration.
Hossa and the Blackhawks might look forward even more to their next chance to crash a home opener.
On Sunday night, Chicago will face the Phoenix Coyotes for the first time since a playoff series defeat that featured a vicious hit to its star forward.
After finishing with a team-best 77 points in 2011-12, Hossa was poised to lead the Blackhawks' drive toward a second Stanley Cup in three seasons but he didn't get much of a chance to help. The winger suffered a concussion when he was leveled by Phoenix's Raffi Torres in a Game 3 loss in Chicago.
Because of that hit, Torres will have to sit out another seven games after missing the final 13 in the playoffs and Saturday's season opener, a 4-3 loss in Dallas.
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