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Quenneville says Hossa is ‘likely’ to play Game 4

Jun 18, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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BOSTON — In some much-needed good news for the Blackhawks, forward Marian Hossa is “likely” to play Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at TD Garden, according to Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville.

“I’m not going to get exactly what the injury is or where it occurred, but I’m going to say he’s likely to play tomorrow night,” Quenneville said today.

You’ll recall that Hossa was a late scratch for last night’s Game 3, leading to youngster Ben Smith getting the sudden call to action after warm-ups.

Predictably, the Blackhawks have given no clues as to what exactly is wrong with the Slovakian winger, merely saying he’s “day-to-day.”

‘Hawks players weren’t sharing anything today either. When asked if he knew what was wrong with Hossa, center Dave Bolland said he didn’t know…anything.

“I don’t know him,” Bolland said, laughing. “Who’s he?”

It’s rumored, by the way, that Hossa’s injury is neck-related. But if one of his teammates is able to have a laugh, perhaps he’s indeed ready to go for Game 4.

The Blackhawks could sure use him, given they trail the B’s, 2-1, in the series and haven’t scored a goal since the first period of Game 2 at the United Center.

Hossa is tied with Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane for the team lead in postseason points, with 15.

The 34-year-old winger also has three power-play goals, something the ‘Hawks haven’t managed to score in their last six games.

  1. adambballn - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Good. They’re going to need him… Wednesday is a must win. 2-2 with 2 of the last 3 games in Chicago is doable… Hawks go down 3-1 this thing is over.

    • iwillfindyou - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Just like it was over for them against the Red Wings?

  2. homelanddefense - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    wow, to miss a SCF game you would think he would have been seriously injured. Two days off and he is good to go?

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Yeah, that Hossa sure is gutless. /sarc

    • lopo - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      So if your neck is messed, say a dislocated C5 or something, you get it put back, it takes a few days to recover. The injury likely occurred in game 2, so two more days to get mobility back is probably a good thing. A neck injury isn’t something you rush or mess with. Also, you do not want to have a tight neck to the point you can’t look over your shoulder against a team like the Bruins who will steam roll you.

      • homelanddefense - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        He missed one game, how serious could that injury be? Tough players play thru injuries.

        If he was truly injured in game two (a game which he took all his shifts) dont you think Chicago would have been a little more prepared for him to pull himself out? He came in during pregame skate and surprised the staff by pulling himself out. His replacement didnt even get to warm up….doesnt sound like it was an existing injury that his team was prepared for.

      • homelanddefense - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        I take that back….I just read the article where Q admits he knew about the injury. Real head scratcher there. He should have let Smith warm up. Either way, an injury that keeps you out of a SCF game shouldnt heal in 2 days.

        Even Tony Amonte was calling Hossa out as soft.

  3. stoopidfool - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    even if he doesn’t play, why would the blackhawks give any info out?

  4. patriotslove12 - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Bruins, time to give Hossa a neck massage!

    • adambballn - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Classy. Maybe the Hawks should give Horton a shoulder massage?

  5. 8man - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Yeah. For all of the doom and gloom, if the Hawks win game 4, they become the heavy favorite to raise the Cup with two of three at home. And even if they go down 3-1, two of three are still at home.

    The Bs, as the underdog, had to win all three at home and take a game in Chicago. If the Hawks win Wednesday, they grab a huge edge. And even if they don’t they only have to do what the Bs did. Win all but one at home and one on the road. Such is the advantage enjoyed by the team that gets 4 games at home.

    • homelanddefense - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Uh, but the Bruins already did the hard part….won in Chicago. And the Hawks havent been great on the road in the playoffs. But I do agree that if the Hawks win tonight the series has obviously swung back in their favor. Have to win tonight though…

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