Hossa pushes 'Hawks past Kings to take early West final lead

Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa celebrates his second period goal against the Los Angeles Kings as...

Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa celebrates his second period goal against the Los Angeles Kings as teammate Jonathan Toews looks on during Game 1 of their NHL Western Conference final hockey playoff game in Chicago, Illinois, June 1, 2013. (REUTERS)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:35 PM ET

CHICAGO - Marian Hossa was simply hoping to show some friends he was thinking of them. Turns out the Chicago Blackhawks star winger may have stumbled upon a lucky charm. As the camera closed in on him during the raucous national anthem prior to the opener of the NHL Western Conference final, Hossa gave a wink. "Lots of my friends back home (in Slovakia) were watching at the bar. I was just giving them some signal," he said. "They called me before the game, said they were going to watch. Hopefully they saw the signal."

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