Marian Hossa is officially the greatest goal scorer his country has ever seen.
The Chicago Blackhawks' forward tallied two goals in a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. With his second goal he passed fellow countryman Peter Bondra to become the top-scoring Slovakian-born player in league history.
His first marker was a breakaway goal as he held off Fedor Tyutin, for his fourth goal of the season. He scored again less than a minute into the third, taking a stretch pass from defenseman Duncan Keith and shooting over Semyon Varlamov's glove for his fourth goal in his last four games.
He became the 44th player in NHL history to score 500 career goals just last month. He has seen a major resurgence in his game, after posting just 13 goals and 20 assists in 64 games last season.
''So far, I feel pretty good, skating-wise, and also had lots of puck on my stick,'' Hossa said. ''So when you play with the puck you get more comfort level and you are making things happen.''
He also earned praise from his head coach, who is seeing vintage Hossa-style play from the 37-year old.
''He's skating well,'' coach Joel Quenneville said. ''He's never really looked like he's slowing down at any time. The finish around the net was nice to see, two outstanding shots.''
Hossa has five goals and four assists in 10 games, and appears to have found a home on the Blackhawks' second line, playing alongside center Artem Anisimov and Calder Trophy winner Artemi Panarin.
His play has seen a definite improvement when compared with his sluggish 2015-16 campaign.
''You know sometimes when the puck goes in early for you you're more relaxed,'' he said. ''You don't force things, and I think right now that's what's happening.''