This is his third consecutive trip to the Finals -- with three different teams -- and he is, once again, just 60 minutes away from potentially lifting the Cup for the first time in his career. On the other hand, he's also just two losses away from becoming the most cursed individual player in the NHL.
It's a position he's been in before, and this year's script has been a carbon copy of last year's run with Detroit. So far.
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As sports fans, we're always looking for past events that give us something to hope for (or fear!) in the future. Trends. "Mojo." Karma. It's all meaningless stuff, really, but it's oh so fun. And easy. And it all just flows around Hossa.
By now, we all know the story: he turned down a long-term contract offer from Pittsburgh (reportedly seven years) to sign a one-year deal with the Red Wings prior to last season because it was, in his mind, his best chance to win it all. Especially since the Wings were coming off a championship season, defeating Hossa and the Penguins in six games. The two teams met again in the Final, and after the Red Wings jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on home ice, dropped the next two games on the road setting the stage for a pivotal Game 5, which the Wings won in dominating fashion.
If that sounds familiar, it's because it's the exact same thing that's happened with Hossa and the Blackhawks this season: win the first two games at home, lose two in a row on the road, win a blowout in Game 5, set the stage for a potential Cup-clinching Game 6 on the road. Even better! Games 5 and 6 of the Finals this year are exactly one year to the day of Games 5 and 6 last year. Coincidence? Creepy? Nothing? All of the above, probably. And, obviously, this can mean only one thing: the Flyers will win a tight-checking, low-scoring Game 6, setting the stage for a high-priced defenseman to make a couple of costly turnovers in Game 7, leading to a career night from a fourth-line grinder on the Flyers in Game 7. (Bad news for Brian Campbell; good news for Arron Asham?)
Of course, Hossa's quest for Stanley is quite the topic around the Blackhawks heading into Game 6.
"Especially after what he's been through the last 2 years," Patrick Kane said Wednesday morning. "It would be great to win it tonight and see him raise the Cup over his head."
Captain Jonathan Toews was asked about the experience Hossa brings to the table during Tuesday's off day.
And from the man himself: "I've obviously thought about winning the Stanley Cup for a long time and came close the last two years," said Hossa. "I think this is the team and this is the time we're going to do it. We've been a great team all year and I have liked being part of it. Hopefully we can get it done tonight."
Sixty minutes on Wednesday night will determine whether or not Hossa is line to get a Cup hand-off from Toews ... or on his way to another grueling winner-take-all Game 7.