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Quenneville calls Hossa injury the “turning point” of Hawks-Coyotes series

Apr 24, 2012, 12:28 AM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks face a slew of “What if?” questions after they dropped a 4-2 series to the Phoenix Coyotes after a 4-0 loss. Joel Quenneville isn’t denying the relevance of Marian Hossa‘s absence, for one thing, as he told Adam Jahns that his loss was “the turning point of the series.”

Hossa went without a point in two full games to start the series and didn’t register one through about three minutes of ice time in Game 3, when Raffi Torres landed that controversial check. Obviously Hossa wasn’t on fire to start things off, but considering the fact that the first five contests went to overtime, having one of their best snipers might have made the difference.

(Of course, much more could have been different anyway, but let’s mosey around that discussion instead.)

The Blackhawks will look back with plenty of questions, yet the future is the most important concern. Hossa’s health remains a relevant factor, and according to Quenneville, the talented winger is very early on in the road to recovery. Jahns reports that Hossa “wasn’t doing very well at all” but today was the first day he was able to leave his house.

  1. wisbadgers - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Here’s hoping Hossa has a full recovery. Great player, love watching him play.

    • wingsdjy - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Who would give this a thumbs down? That’s just evil.

  2. nobandwagoners - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Some parallels to Vancouver missing Daniel Sedin for the first three games (and the subsequent 0-3 hole the Canucks found themselves in).

    I’m definitely not a fan of Duncan Keith at the moment for his role in that but I didn’t want to see Chicago knocked out of the playoffs b/c one of their top players also got knocked out on a dirty hit. That’s not the way these games should be decided. Too bad.

    • polegojim - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      That’s where the system should change.

      Not only should Torres get his 25 game suspension, the Coyotes should have had to give up THEIR points leader for as long as Hossa was out.

      Yes, Crawford was not good and a 4-0 loss probably wouldn’t have been averted in this case, but Hossa can be a game changer at any time.

    • rpfitton - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      The only difference is Hossa didn’t try to put Torres head thru the glass a few minutes earlier. Keith isn’t that that type of player but when someone takes the first shot at your head you know there’s going to be a payback.

  3. seattleal - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Remember Daniel Sedin – karma sucks some times doesn’t it.

    • joshuakorr - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:47 AM

      That would only make sense if duncan keith got concussed. Hossa is a clean player who had no karmic retribution coming to him. Love watching that guy play. It was a BS hit that layed him out.

      • bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        I hope Hossa recovers quick and I hope it is not long term. All teams should have their best players playing this time of year. Get well soon Hossa. Having said that Hossa is not squeaky clean either, if I remember right he took out Berard.s eyes with a wild stick. And I am still bitter with the dirtiest hit of the year from Keith on Sedin, how that was also a game changer wasn.t it Quinny?

    • polegojim - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Plus… they Canucks have failed to win the Cup WITH Daniel plenty of times.

    • balewsquare - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      Can people still not figure out what karma is?

  4. hockeyflow33 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Q-stache had no problem when his guy drilled one of the Coyotes dead center in the numbers, three feet from the boards though.

    • vanfoodman - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:00 AM

      Oh Q had a problem with it, he thought it should have just been a minor not a major and a game misconduct. The guy lives in a glass house and he just keeps tossing stones. Yet another early exit from the post season looks good on him and the Hawks.

  5. bobhpine - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Excuses

  6. slickrickaz - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Shaw could have changed it by delivering his cheap shot to Smith too. Smith got up, Hossa didn’t. Those are the breaks. Furthermore, it is a coaches responsibility to get the most out of the hand he’s dealt. Quit your snivelling and accept that the combination of Mike Smith, Crawford and timely goal scoring brought you down.

    • gordocb - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      Snivelling? Are you reading an imaginary article? There’s one 5 word quote in the article “the turning point in the series” in what world is that snivelling. And please, Smith should get oscar for the flop on the Shaw hit.

  7. yotesfan3 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Shut up! Torres had more points than Hossa in as many playoff games…..Smith beat Crawford! Grow up and get over it! Dont have another heart attack over it!

  8. wj4122 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Crawford suck. Smith was amazing. The yotes were nothing special but smith was! He carried that team! Good job smith!!

  9. balewsquare - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    First off, I really hope Hossa has a full recovery. That said, PHX was missing each of: Vrbata, Hanzal, Aucoin, and Klesla for chunks in this series. Yes, the Hossa injury stood out as the most severe and violent, but looking at the series as a whole, PHX had more injuries.

    Ooh, also, it should be said that, yes, Hossa didn’t have any points that series, which is a disappointment, but he is also one of Chicago’s best defensive forwards, so that loss matters as well.

  10. riles1008 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Such a cry baby. His player knocked out Daniel Sedin on one of the dirtiest plays I’ve ever seen. His player took a run at Mike Smith. You get what you give. Man up. Never liked this tool.

  11. crusty14 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    I’ll agree the hit on Hossa was dirty, the major last night should have been called as well, but, the hit on Smith was not anything , smith played that up huge! It should have been a minor at best.

  12. biasedhomer - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Sounds like sour grapes

  13. wicky888 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Good teams whine about injuires after the fact. Great teams overcome injuries and win. Ottawa lost Alfie …. I dont hear them crying. Crosby missed like 2 years with a headache (childish shot I know but I can’t stand him) The Flyers have been without JVR, Pronger and Mezaros for months. Don’t make excuses, you got eliminated …… by Phoenix ….. be a man about it.

  14. wingsdjy - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    LA beats Vancouver
    Nashville beats Detroit
    Phoenix beats Chicago

    The times, they are a-changin’

    • balewsquare - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      STL beats SJ too!

  15. govtminion - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Nothing but the best for Hossa in his recovery… but if Q-stache thinks that was the turning point, he needs to watch some goaltending film. One goalie was incredible in this series, and it wasn’t the one in Q’s locker room.

    • gohawksgo2012 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:33 AM

      before the last game, Crawford had given up 1 more goal through the first five games….how much better was smith?

  16. bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I hope Hossa recovers quick and I hope it is not long term. All teams should have their best players playing this time of year. Get well soon Hossa. Having said that Hossa is not squeaky clean either, if I remember right he took out Berard.s eyes with a wild stick. And I am still bitter with the dirtiest hit of the year from Keith on Sedin, how that was also a game changer wasn.t it Quinny?

  17. johnnyru131 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I’m blaming the refs. Game 1, no call on the too many on the ice and pho gets a goal. Game 2 Smith cross checks Toews outside of the crease while Toews had the puck, Coyotes score on pp. Shaw gets ejected and suspended on a flop call, hawks win Game 2 but Shaw being out hurt hawks. Game 3 no penalty on Torres which should have been a 5 min pp for Hawks, instead pho gets a pp. hawks lose in OT. Lots of bs calls in that game. Game 4 hawks on the pp and Sharp gets hit in the face with a stick and no call. Should of been 5 on 3. Hawks lose. Game 5 hawks win refs were good that game. Game 6 refs call a bs interference call on Toews and Pho scores. So my point is all the bs calls the refs made or didn’t make led to goals for Pho. Hawks lost, but it sure doesn’t help when all the calls go against you. Fact!

    • rpfitton - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Gee, who owns the Coyotes? Isn’t the NHL? Who profits by having them go further in the playoffs? Just wonderin’

      • gohawksgo2012 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:37 AM

        the NHL probably lost a lot of money through the season….they were right at the bottom of the league attendance… and Phoenix is lucky they can get half of the stadium filled with fans from the other team….seems whenever Hawks play them, even during the regular season, you see lots of Hawks jerseys in the stands, almost sounds like a home game too!!!!!!!!!!!

        don’t think league will make any money here…..what happens if they win the cup….where will they have the parade if they can’t find a buyer and have to move? (oh, I guess there’s nothing to worry about here, they definitely will not win the Stanley Cup!)

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