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Watch Marian Hossa take another scary hit

Feb 19, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

Twitter is abuzz with debate regarding whether the check was clean or not, but the bottom line is that Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa needed to leave Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks after this Jannik Hansen hit:

Considering Hossa’s injury history – particularly the concussion he suffered from that notorious Raffi Torres hit – it’s reasonable that people are worried about the 34-year-old star. He didn’t seem to miss a beat in 2013, either, as he scored goals seven and eight tonight to push his season points total to 14.

Hansen, 29, received a minor penalty for roughing on the play.

This isn’t the first time there’s been a controversial loose-puck hit in a Canucks-Blackhawks match. Duncan Keith was suspended five games for a hit on Daniel Sedin in March 2012.

We’ll see if the league has any problems with that incident and if the Blackhawks provide any updates about Hossa’s health.

  1. esracerx46 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Jannik Hansen…take a seat.

    • nobandwagoners - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Seriously? C’mon. Both of them were focussed and went to reach for the puck with their hands.

      What’s the deal with knee-jerk reaction that a player is always trying to hurt another player? This was hardly a deliberate hit to the head.

      • rdurk86 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        Lol, do you typically catch the puck with your forearm/elbow?

      • esracerx46 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        Weird. I have never tried to catch something with my elbow…

      • chicagobtech - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        Really? How many people do you know reach for things by throwing either their elbow or their forearm forward first?

        It was a dirty hit, from behind, to the head. Period.

      • ikillchicken - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        Shockingly enough, if you look down at your arm, you’ll notice that the forearm is in fact directly connected to your hand, the primary body part used for the catching of stuff, and thus, tends to go where it goes. So to answer your question, yeah. Catching almost literally always involves throwing your forearm forward.

      • esracerx46 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        And if you paid attention in anatomy at all youd know you catch things with your hand. See your hand has these things called fingers. Those are used to grab stuff. So when you want to catch or grab something, you lead with your hand. Not your elbow…unless your elbow has fingers. In that case you have an argument…and should also be a part of ripleys believe it or not.

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:34 AM

        I’m with you. Watch the play in real time, not slow motion, and you’ll see he’s attempting to grab the puck.

    • esracerx46 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Heres to hoping Hossa a quick recovery. Was hoping hed surprise me and skate out for the first star.

      • esracerx46 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        Who the hell are the dickheads who want an all around good guy ill will on a recovery for what could be a serious head injury?

  2. tdrusher225 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Hansen is such scum, I remember he took a few similar unsportsman-like shots in Game 7 of 2011 Finals. Hope Hossa comes out of this alright.

    • salmon90 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      You don’t say! There was unsportsmanlike behavior in that series? and Hansen was at the root of this problem? Ban this man forever!!!

      • tdrusher225 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        There’s what was going on in that series, then there was spearing someone in the crotch and taking a run at someone when the game was over.

    • monarch897 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:48 AM

      Hmmm let me see… Hossa scores two goals in a short span toward the end of the second period. Then, once the teams emerge from the locker room, the only remaining goon on VC’s squad goes after his head on a jump puck… I’m thinking it was just coincidental.

      Nothing fishy there.

      • micasa81 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        Not defending Hansen in this instance, but no matter what your definition is of “goon”, there are other Canucks that qualify much more than Hansen.

      • monarch897 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        I’ll agree with you there

  3. hockinj25 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Unless he was trying to catch the puck with his elbow that looked intentional.

  4. jpat2424 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Go figure another cheap shot from the Canucks

  5. jpat2424 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    No band get your head out of a$$. Wasn’t going for the puck at all. Forearm shiver to the head. But I guess you wouldn’t know anything about forearm shivers in Canada. With the CFL and all

  6. jason9696 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Cheapshots and Canucks pretty much go hand and hand. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are the most hated team in the league.

    • winstonnilesroomford - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:41 AM

      Cheapshots and WHO go hand IN hand?

      • kicksave1980 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:27 AM

        Really? And do you care to post what caused Keith to elbow Sedin? Or is that all forgotten now?

      • micasa81 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        @kicksave – it’s really baffling that Chicago fans even try to take this line of reasoning with the Keith hit. You’re trying to say that a moderately late shoulder check that only made head contact because Keith was partially bent over (not because Daniel raised his elbow or left his feet) is justification for Keith completely ignoring the puck and elbowing Daniel in the face? Not to mention how you word it, as though something “caused” Keith to do what he did, and there was no choice in the matter. Well, if nothing could stop him from doing it, he shouldn’t have even been suspended, should he?

  7. blackhawks1982 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    @nobandwagoners Don’t be an idiot!! He clearly meant to give Hossa a forearm shiver!

  8. gillette2112 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    @nobandwagoners you a joke and don’t know anything about hockey, that was a hit to the head and from behind.

    • nobandwagoners - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      Oh, wow. You told me! Good convincing argument there. What – are you like in Grade 2?

      Somehow I’m not surprised that all these arguments pretty much consist of name calling and gross generalizations. Keep classy Chicago fans!

      • monarch897 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:52 AM

        Class? How’s the downtown clean up going?

      • micasa81 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        @monarch – It’s going great! In fact it’s done – I know, right, can you believe how quickly they swept the streets and replaced windows?! But I get why as a Chicagoan you’re so concerned – for about 24 hours a few blocks of our downtown looked kinda like your South Side! (Joking, it never looked that bad).

        Sorry dude, you recycle old jokes too often, I’m gonna mock you. In all seriousness, you should visit Vancouver someday. It’s a fun, beautiful city.

      • monarch897 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        I truely believe it is I actually visited the worlds fair in ’86 and fell in love with it.

        I also grew up in Chicago and am completely in love with it.

        What I am say is that there is a big difference in gang on gang violence and hockey fan on their “beloved” city violence.

        You’d NEVER see that type of destruction from Blackhawks fans. So lets be careful how we use the word classy in the same sentence as Canuck fan.

      • salmon90 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        So you’re saying you’re old enough to have visited Expo 86 but make comments like “how’s the downtown cleanup going?’…and then go on to talk about class! Nice pal. The riot, just so we’re clear, was a few hundred drunk teenagers and 20 something idiots (mostly from out of town). If you think that’s a reflection of Canuck fans then there’s not much we can do for you. It’s not like I would lump all Blackhawk fans as being as ignorant as you!
        p.s. Can we just make a rule on here to not use the word class when talking about teams or sports fans.

      • monarch897 - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:39 AM

        It didn’t happen when Chicago lost.

        I’m just sayin

  9. ikillchicken - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Lol. And they say Canucks fans are whiners.

    • esracerx46 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      Are you whining about being called a whiner?

      • micasa81 - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        No, he’s Laughing Out Loud. That’s the opposite of whining. I think his point is that maybe it’s time for Chicago fans to look back at all the “quit yer b!tchin'” sentiments they expressed when Keith elbowed Daniel.

  10. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    He clearly wasn’t trying to catch the puck, but it didn’t look like he hit Hossa that hard. I agree it was absolutely dirty but normally that type of contact wouldn’t leave a player on the ice for as long as Hossa was down. But I guess it goes back to his history with upper body injuries (ie the Raffi Torres hit), therefore subsequent hits don’t need to be that vicious to cause damage. Similar to how Crosby was knocked out for a long period of time on a pretty weak hit. Hopefully Hossa doesn’t miss anywhere close to the amount Crosby did. It’ll be interesting to see how the league views this play.

    • micasa81 - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      What, where did this reasonable, unbiased opinion come from? I’m reading along at all the vitriolic homerism on both sides, and you come on here and ruin it with a post that takes neither side?! Where’s the hate? Where’s the absolutist thinking? Where’s the labeling the entire team based on one guy’s actions? GTFOH!

      In all seriousness, you summed up my thoughts exactly.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        haha it’s not a Flyers-Pens page so I didn’t have to bring my biased shoes today.

  11. mucktuck - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Hansen was reaching for the puck and grazed the back of Hossa’s head. Hope Hossa’s is ok but that was a hockey play.

    • esracerx46 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      “Grazed the back of Hossa’s head”. Really? It sure looked like he hit pretty solidly at the base of his head just above the neck.

  12. blackhawks1982 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    ^^^^^^^^^^another idiot Canuck fan!! Go burn your city down loser!!

    • 604YVR - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      Keith elbowed Sedin… Hansen hits Hossa. Call it even.

      • esracerx46 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        Why is it when Keith elbowed Sedin you call it an elbow…and when Hansen elbows Hossa you call it a hit?

      • mb65dod - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        Hansen injured Bolland, Torres got Seabrook,… Is that even?

      • Jackson Scofield - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        Quick to forget Torres on Seabrook? I mean if a play last year can cancel out this, then a few years later cancelling out that one instead isn’t a stretch, am I right?

      • 604YVR - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:29 AM

        Torres on Seabrook was a good, solid hit! Attaboy Raffi!

      • you4real - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        You can’t cancel it out if the hit is clean…Seabrook is an outstanding player, but looking at your feet is gonna get you laid out

    • winstonnilesroomford - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:34 AM

      ^^^^^^^^^another idiot Blackhawks fan!! Go murder each other loser!!

      What a dumb comment. Look at the crime issues your city is dealing with.

      • monarch897 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:55 AM

        Burn Baby Burn

        Gangbanger violence vs Hockey fan violence… hmmm

  13. mucktuck - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Blackhawk182 you are the “idiot fan”. Take off your homer glasses…idiot

    • esracerx46 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      Good one Dwight.

      • micasa81 - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        LOL, it is good when said as Dwight

  14. mucktuck - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Hossa is backing up and reaching for the puck. Hansen is moving forward and reaching for the puck. Incidental contact and Hossa’s drops. I like Hossa. He’s an amazing player and I hope it’s not serious. It wasn’t a deliberate play…say like Keith elbowing Sedin last year.

    • mb65dod - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Yes, people do not like being hit in the head. Sedin should have known better before he hit Keith in the head in same game.. But that went unnoticed.

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      Completely agree. It certainly didn’t appear to be intentional to the head because he didn’t follow through on the elbow. Despite the Eddie Olcyzk believers on here, it wasn’t a dirty play.

  15. mucktuck - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Hansen has a meeting tomorrow with the suspension Stalin. I’m sure he will get a game for a reckless accidental elbow. I’m just saying I don’t think it was deliberate. I’m sure the NHL will see it the same way

    • monarch897 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      OR NOT

  16. ineedmorehossa - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    I need more Hossa

  17. hasekneverretires - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    I didn’t realize how fragile Hossa is. He needs to toughen up. (I’m kidding, calm down Blackhawk fans).

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      He did go down fairly easy, which isn’t really surprising given the effects of the Torres hit. Savard went down incredibly easy while trying to recover from the Cooke hit and hopefully Hossa’s isn’t as bad

  18. comeonnowguys - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    You know, I’m not exactly itching to get up on the high horse given that Keith’s hit on Daniel was dirty.

    However, let’s see if I’m getting this straight. Daniel shoulders Keith’s head into the glass: hockey play. Hansen injures Bolland: Hockey play. Raffi yet again goes blindside head hunting: Hockey play. Hansen elbows Hossa in the head from behind: Hockey play.

    Keith elbows Daniel: Filthy dirty heathen should be gone for the year.

    Maybe one of the Hawks should have pulled Hansen’s hair and kneed him in the groin as was done to Keith?

    • vanfoodman - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:25 AM

      AND, let’s not forget the ‘fish hook’ that Keith gave to Burrows or the elbow he gave Daniel. Poor Hawks, the team never does anything wrong and never whines about anything. What it must feel like to be the lily white saints of the NHL. Do Hawks fans get a bulk deal on rose colored glasses?

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        Man. How could I have forgotten to mention Keith elbowing Daniel? Oh wait, I mentioned it TWICE.

        You missed the entire point of my post. It wasn’t a “who’s worse” scoreboard. It was pointing out the recurring theme of “our angels, your devils” on this thread by Canuck fans. Talk about your rose-colored glasses.

      • vanfoodman - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        Sorry, I missed your mention of Keith’s elbow to Daniel but in review it sounds pretty sarcastic. And I would point out you make no mention in the original post nor in your dressing down of me, of the Keith ‘fish hook’ on Burrows.

      • micasa81 - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        @comeonnowguys – I agree with you that it’s pretty silly to try and keep score in instances like this, let alone try and get Vancouver and Chicago fans to agree on what counts and what doesn’t. Then you went off the rails when you said that it’s only the Canucks fans pumping the “our angels, your devils” theme. Just have a look back at some of the Hawks fans’ posts. Especially about Hansen, who doesn’t even have a history of being dirty like some of the other Canucks. It’s happening on both sides.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        I really didn’t go that far off the rails.

        I’m not saying I agree with most of my Hawk fan brethren. But looking things over again quickly, and IIRC last year, nobody was saying Duncan Keith’s hit on Daniel was clean. They may be trying to argue two wrongs make a right, and that Vancouver deserves it, but they’re not trying to legitimize what was easily (well, less easily after last night) the worst hit of the bunch as clean hockey.

        That’s what’s frustrating me about the Vancouver reaction. They’re defending the hits I mentioned as indisputable clean hockey plays.

        Meatballs and homers are everywhere. But there’s a level of denial that puzzles me, that’s all.

  19. sjsblitz - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Vancouver played just like Vancouver. Dirty hits and Kesler dives

  20. jbell33139 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    “Twitter is abuzz with debate”???

    What the fk is there to debate? Dude elbowed him to the back of the head. Tape doesn’t lie.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      The blue posts I saw via the Sportscaster app during the game didn’t think the hit was dirty in the last and were incredulous at Hawk fans for thinking so.

  21. mds1990 - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:59 AM

  22. massconn72 - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    It doesn’t really matter wether or not it was intentional or not. Unintentional dangerous use of the stick resorts in a penalty accidental or not. Why not the same thing for such uses of the elbow/forearm? I know he got a roughing penalty, but when it involves a headshot maybe it should be a major? Just thinking out loud.

  23. thailer35 - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Oh no Shannie! Someone else touched Hossa! Give him 40 games this time!!

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Your post either proves you 1) a troll, 2) ignorant of all context or 3) a complete Coyote homer. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and say you’re the first.

      Either way, you need to be spending your days enjoying your team before they move to a market that will actually watch them.

      • thailer35 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        Attendance is up 27% from this time last year.

        You’re boring me with this “they’re moving” nonsense. I’m not a fan of Gary B, but the fact is if he was willing to let the Coyotes move, he would have let it happen already. They’re here for good, just accept it.

      • thailer35 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        By the way, I’m one and three.

        I’m not ingorant, just poking fun at the fact that he happens to be a very skilled player, very much a fan favorite in Chicago, probably one of the highest as far as number of Chicago jerseys sold, and Torres got 25. I do understand his history and totally agree that influenced the decision, but to say Hossa’s star status couldn’t possibly have also influenced the decision is naive.

  24. rosettast0ned - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Brashear, Bertuzzi, Rome, Torres, Hansen, Burrows… Anyone notice a trend here? Seems to me like Vancouver is notorious for turning out goons, cheap shot artists, and players that have a soft spot for cannibalism (Burrows). And the last time I checked a hand was used to catch things, not an elbow or forearm. We have these amazing things called opposable thumbs as human beings and they work great for catching pucks!

  25. hasekneverretires - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    How many games do you think the suspension will be (and there will be a suspension)?
    If Torres got 25, I’m going to set the over/under at 12 games.

    • monarch897 - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:41 AM

      Under (5)

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