June 19, 2013

Hossa expected to play in Game 4 for Blackhawks

By Jesse Connolly

After leaving warmups prior to Game 3 due to injury, and being replaced in the lineup by Ben Smith (Avon, Conn.) that evening, Marian Hossa is expected to be back in action for the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Hossa did not take part in morning skate prior to Game 4, but his teammates and his coach, Joel Quenneville, have expressed that No. 81 will be ready to roll when the puck drops. Jamal Mayers skated in Hossa's place on a line with Patrick Sharp and Michal Handzus. 

"He's expected to play tonight," Quenneville said Wednesday. "He's fine."

Sans their high-scoring, top-line winger, Chicago fell by a score of 2-0 to the Bruins. Hossa is tied for the team lead with 15 points in the 2013 postseason. 

Reports of what's ailing the Slovak forward have been all over the map.

Comcast's Tony Amonte (Hingham, Mass.), a former Blackhawk, indicated he heard it was a groin injury. Former Bruins coach Don Cherry guessed it was his wrist. TSN's Darren Dreger believes it might be his neck. Chicago scribe Tim Sassone reported it's Hossa's hip.

The Blackhawks trail two games to one in the Stanley Cup Final. Regardless of what knocked him out of Game 3, Hossa -- who's reached the Cup Final four times in the last six years -- should make Chicago's offense look more dangerous than they did on Monday.

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