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Quenneville: Hossa is ‘fine’ and expected to play

Jun 19, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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Marian Hossa didn’t skate with his teammates this morning, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he expects the talented winger to play tonight in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

“He’s fine,” said Quenneville.

Of course, Hossa wasn’t “fine” enough to play Game 3. And if Quenneville didn’t want to tip his hand prior to that game, well, let’s just wait until tonight to see the actual lineup.

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.

If Hossa does play, he’ll likely skate on a line with Sharp and Michal Handzus. This morning, bottom-six winger Jamal Mayers was filling in on that line.

  1. hammerhead5573 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Good to see he is back. Never good when one of your top point producers is not dressed. Will it make a difference???? Who knows but he is near impossible to get off the puck so that is definitely a plus.

  2. cowboys282 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    The difference with the Blackhawks and Bruins?

    Hossa takes himself out of game 3 at the last minute with an injury that is “Fine” 48 hours later.

    Nathan Horton is playing with one arm.

    • adambballn - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      I thought Horton pulled himself out of a tied game in sudden death OT and was fine 48 hours later?

      • pastabelly - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Pretty sure his shoulder popped out. They got it back into place, but his medication wore off. None of us know why Hossa sat out on Monday, and it’s unfair to criticize him either.

    • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Seems like an idiotic and cowardly statement to make, to me. Hossa’s earned the right to be called a tough player, and Horton has proven himself to be no tougher than anyone else in the league. He’s missed quite a few games. He’s also in a contract year.

      You have no clue what was going on with his injury, to pretend that it’s all the same and that Boston is somehow tougher or more blue-collar than ANY other team, is extremely ignorant.

      • pastabelly - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Horton’s had concussions. You’re all fools for questioning either of them.

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        I don’t believe I was questioning either of them – simply drawing a comparison for the fool above. Your comment is not welcome, and stinks like poop.

    • grilledjesus - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      There’s tons of differences between these two teams, but playing with injuries isn’t one of them. Tell me Dr. cowboys282, what’s Hossas injury?

      • cowboys282 - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Lets see. We know he played all of game 2. We know he came out for warm ups. We know his replacement did NOT come out for warm ups. So it seems like even the Blackhawks expected him to play.

        It was reported that it was his choice just like it was Horton’s choice. He chose at the last minute to sit.

        Don’t need to be a Doctor to have common sense.

  3. groess - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Don’t think the B’s won’t be running this guy into the boards all night.

    • adambballn - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      I thought the Hawks would do the same to Horton but Horton hasn’t put himself into a position to get run into… expect the same from Hossa.

      • groess - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        True that, although Horton took a wrist shot from the right boards last game that made me think “doesn’t look like a guy with a chronic shoulder problem”.

  4. hammerhead5573 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I suppose you have some point there but i dont see it. If i recall Horton left game 1 in the 2nd period an was ready the next game. Pretty good for a guy who’s “arm was falling off”. In fact some of his own team mates were saying the day after horton got hurt he would be ready next game. I don’t recall any hawk fan questioning the seriousness of his injury. But hey thats ur style, go with it.

  5. 2dollarpbrs - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Good to see Hossa will be back, and I am a B’s fan

    BC’s Ben Smith played well but he is no Hossa

  6. hammerhead5573 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    @hockey412, you weren’t. The 2nd commenter did then ran and hid after being called out for it. Not entirely surprising from some of these fake fans.

  7. matt14gg - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    The word is Hossa has a neck injury and that it’s serious enough that if this were the regular season he would not be playing. The Hawks are leaving it up to him to play or not. This seems a dangerous stance for Hawks to take. It’s never good to leave a decision like this (with an injury this serious, assuming these rumors are true) in the player’s hands. The player’s opinion should be taken out of the equation. It brings us back to what Gregory Campbell said yesterday, which is that there are tough guys on both teams and all over the league. The Hawks are already on record as saying they are leaving the decision up to Hossa and it puts him in a tough spot. He’s a “hockey player” and his attitude is probably; “hockey players play”.

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