Marian Hossa played on, but he might need back surgery
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org June 27, 2013 10:15PM
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, of Slovakia, hoists the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Updated: June 27, 2013 11:09PM
There wasn’t much Marian Hossa felt he could do with a disc problem in his back rendering his foot numb, but in the Stanley Cup Final, that wasn’t going to stop him from trying.
“I don’t know if I was too effective,” Hossa said.
“I was just limping on the ice. I didn’t have as much confidence because everyone around me was much faster. As soon as I got the puck, I wasn’t confident to do the things I normally do. It frustrated me. But the coaches told me to play my game defensively, that it was going to help us, so I just tried to stick with it.”
While former Hawks star Tony Amonte questioned Hossa’s toughness after the big Slovak sat out Game 3, it turns out Hossa might need surgery to repair the damage in his back.
“I may need surgery or another shot,” Hossa said. “After this, I’ll talk to [team doctor Michael Terry] and try to make the best decision.”
The injuries the Hawks played through during the playoffs continued to come to light during Thursday’s locker-clean-out day.
The sprained knee Bryan Bickell suffered in Game 5 against Los Angeles was bad enough that he wondered if he’d play in the Final at all. Dave Bolland was still feeling the effects of the groin injury suffered late in the regular season and added a wrist injury during the playoffs.
Michal Handzus declined to go into detail, but coach Joel Quenneville said he had a wrist injury, among others.
And Andrew Shaw was playing with a broken rib suffered during the first period of Game 7 of the Detroit series.
“Couple of cross-checks in front of the net just caught me in the wrong spot,” Shaw said. “Just a hockey play.”
Other than Hossa, only Bickell said surgery was possible, though he was “80 percent” sure he wouldn’t need it.
Meanwhile, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron has been in the hospital since Game 6 ended with various injuries, including a punctured lung that he played through.