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Marian Hossa won’t play in Game 3

Jun 17, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

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It turns out the biggest change for the Chicago Blackhawks won’t be Viktor Stalberg‘s return to the lineup for Brandon Bollig in Game 3. The Blackhawks confirm that Marian Hossa will be out of action on Monday, making way for Ben Smith.

No word yet on what, exactly, is bothering the 34-year-old. Still, if it’s something that’s keeping him out of a contest in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, it must be a big deal.

(Rumor has it that “something” happened to Hossa during the pre-game.)

Smith, 24, played in one regular season game (April 27) this season, scoring a goal. (That was the contest where the Blackhawks paraded out a bunch of youngsters against the St. Louis Blues.)

In other news, Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara collided in the pre-game skate on the Boston Bruins side. We’ll see if either of those big bodies are affected by that mishap. Chara left the ice, but seems primed to play nonetheless.

Here’s video of the collision:

  1. jpat2424 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    What the hell ?

  2. buckeye044 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Ben Smith in the overtime challenge

  3. pensman29 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I’d like to see a video of those 2 crashing into each other.

    • scottybcboy - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      CBC had it…..not a big deal….Chara blew a tire and took out Lucic’s legs from behind. Apparently Z was cut but he looks no worse for wear.

    • englishpetal - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Can imagine would be like a truck going into a brick wall.

  4. titansbro - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    That sucks. I want the Bruins to win but I want all players out there.

  5. buckeye044 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Weird stuff. Ice must be bad

    • alexbaymac - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      The ice looks awful…

  6. crusty14 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    The puck is jumping and bouncing all over the place. Chara got some stitches in the back of his head

  7. drewsylvania - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Where’s Green Fly?

  8. joeyg88 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Got hit with a puck in warm ups. Hope he comes back or this series is over

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