Marian Hossa sped resolutely down the ice late Tuesday night in a race to a loose puck lingering near an unguarded net. The Blackhawks winger looked nothing like a guy whose world was spinning a few days earlier, easily outpacing a defender and dunking in the disc for a victory-sealing score.

Stars producing like stars is the most critical component to the Hawks' stretch run, which continues Friday night against the Western Conference-leading Canucks. The most important component of that duty for Hossa simply is staying on the ice and finding consistency despite a litany of bad luck and odd ailments.

A random practice collision in late November cost him 10 games. Just before the All-Star break, Hossa missed a game thanks to a bout with vertigo, of all things. All of it makes discovering a rhythm that much more arduous.