Marian Hossa Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Star's Status

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 17, 2013

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa was scratched for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins after being hit by a shot in warm-ups. The Blackhawks' official Twitter account announced the late change:

UPDATE: Wednesday, June 19, at 8:13 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

CBS Sports' Eye on Hockey blog provides us with Hossa's status for Game 4:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 18, at 1:27 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Joel Quenneville delivered some positive news on Hossa's injury status via the Blackhawks' Twitter feed:

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UPDATE: Monday, June 17, at 11:25 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

While the severity of the injury is still in question, coach Joel Quenneville told Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune that Hossa is day-to-day:

Quenneville also told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times that the injury was not sustained in warm-ups after all:

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Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada was quick to point out what he saw from TD Garden:

Blackhawks beat writer Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times noted Hossa's last-second replacement for Game 3:

The five-time All-Star's injury certainly comes at a rough time for the Blackhawks. Their Game 2 overtime loss at home means the Bruins now have home-ice advantage and the Blackhawks will likely have to steal one in TD Garden for any hope at raising their first Stanley Cup since 2010.

For the 2012-13 postseason, Hossa has scored seven goals and eight assists, to go along with an impressive plus-15 rating. His 15 points in the playoffs are tied for the team lead.

Appearing in 40 of 48 games this regular season, Hossa notched 17 goals and 14 assists in the lockout-shortened campaign. That performance followed a 77-point season in 2011-12.

The Slovakia native has been in the NHL since 1997 and provides a unique splash of experience for the young Blackhawks group of elusive forwards. His absence will certainly be felt and the other Chicago forwards will have to pick up the pieces in order to come back from a disappointing Game 2 loss.