Marian Hossa's Injury Could Doom Slovakia's Slim Olympic Medal Hopes
It seems as though, with one hit, Team Slovakia's Olympic medal hopes might have all but slipped away.
Hossa would remain down for a couple minutes, but was able to leave the ice under his own power. But he would not return to the game.
Although the hit was not as vicious as the hit Jonathan Toews took earlier in the season, it was still a rather jarring hit and might have resulted in a concussion.
After the game, coach Joel Quenneville quickly stated that Hossa was doubtful for tomorrow's game in Columbus, but would not say if Hossa was experiencing any concussion-type symptoms.
With this upper body injury to Hossa, it now brings his Olympic eligibility into question, as rosters are to be finalized by Monday.
The success of Slovakia's national team was pinned on the duo of Gaborik and Hossa. If one of them (or both of them) is not 100% or they are unable to compete at all, it could get ugly.
Beyond Hossa and Gaborik, there is not really any high-powered offensive talent and, without one of them, it is unlikely that a single individual can carry them to a medal.
It is unclear whether or not Hossa's injury is a serious one, or if he will be ready for Slovakia's opening round game against the Czech Republic.
If he is not, Slovakia's medal hopes could go from slim, to none.
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