Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa will ‘likely’ play in Game 4
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org June 18, 2013 2:18PM
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Updated: June 19, 2013 6:51PM
Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa is “likely” to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night in Boston, coach Joel Quenneville said on Tuesday.
Hossa was a surprise last-minute scratch after taking warmups before the Hawks’ 2-0 loss in Game 3 on Monday night. But players said afterward that they knew well ahead of time that Hossa would be a game-time decision and might not play.
Quenneville declined to say when or how Hossa was injured, only terming it an “upper-body injury.”
Ben Smith — who had played just one game all season — took Hossa’s place in Game 3. Smith’s insertion raised eyebrows because he didn’t even take warmups. Quenneville said Smith was getting ready on his own off the ice.
“He would have taken warmup if we wanted him to take warmup,” Quenneville said. “He knew there was a chance he was going to play. He was getting himself ready, I just didn’t want to tip our hand that there was something going on.”
Hossa is tied for the team lead in postseason scoring with seven goals and eight assists in 19 games.