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:
Marian Hossa out of the lineup after something apparently happened in warm-ups, Ben Smith IN tonight. CHIvsBOS— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) June 18, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 19, at 8:13 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
Marian Hossa is in.— Eye on Hockey (@EyeOnHockey) June 20, 2013
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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:
Coach Q with some optimistic news: Hossa "likely" to play in Game 4.— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) June 18, 2013
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UPDATE: Monday, June 17, at 11:25 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
Joel Quenneville on Marian Hossa: "We'll say day to day. We're hopeful he'll be ready for the next game."— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) June 18, 2013
Quenneville also told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times that the injury was not sustained in warm-ups after all:
Quenneville said Hossa was not hit by a puck or anything at warmups. Just a game-time decision. #Blackhawks— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) June 18, 2013
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Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada was quick to point out what he saw from TD Garden:
Hossa appeared to hurt himself taking a shot in warmup.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 18, 2013
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.