Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa: ‘I’m good’ after Hansen hit
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org February 22, 2013 10:24PM
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 13: Steve Montador #5 of the Chicago Blackhawks poses for his official headshot for the 2012-2013 season on January 13, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
Updated: March 24, 2013 6:10AM
Marian Hossa insisted he wasn’t being reckless by returning to the ice Friday, three days after feeling ‘‘shaky’’ for nearly an hour after taking a hit in the back of the head from the Vancouver Canucks’ Jannik Hansen.
‘‘I feel good,’’ he said Friday morning. ‘‘If I had a little doubt, I wouldn’t go, I wouldn’t play, I wouldn’t practice. Everything’s clear.’’
Hossa suffered a severe concussion last April in the playoffs on an illegal hit by Phoenix Coyotes’ Raffi Torres and wasn’t cleared until mid-November. But he said he passed all the protocols and computer tests required to be cleared by team doctors and didn’t actually sustain a concussion on the Hansen hit.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said the team took every precaution before clearing Hossa.
‘‘He’s got to make sure he’s comfortable and we’re comfortable with him playing,’’ he said. ‘‘We always look at the history. There’s some hurdles, and tests you’ve got to make sure you face and pass. And organizationally, he’s ready to go and he’s cleared.’’
As for Canucks coach Alain Vigneault’s continued dismissal of the hit, telling reporters he ‘‘got a chuckle’’ out of the one-game suspension handed to Hansen, Hossa had some pointed words.
‘‘That coach wouldn’t like it if it happened to their player,’’ he said. ‘‘He’d react differently.’’
Defenseman Steve Montador, who’s been out since last March, when he suffered a concussion, returned to practice Friday during the morning skate.
‘‘He’s going to have to go through practices here and get himself where he’s ready to play,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘He’s cleared some hurdles where he’s starting to practice, and he’ll tell us when he’s ready to go.’’
A healthy Corey Crawford, out since last Tuesday with an ‘‘upper-body’’ injury, backed up Ray Emery on Friday night, and Henrik Karlsson was sent back down to Rockford of the AHL.
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