Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Blackhawks' Hossa 'fine,' expected to play
BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa did not participate in morning skate on Wednesday but is expected to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins.
"He's fine," Quenneville said of Hossa.
Jamal Mayers took Hossa's place Wednesday morning, skating with Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp.
"I expect (Hossa) to play," Mayers said. "I'm going to prepare like I'm going to play and adjust if I'm not."
Hossa was a surprise scratch moments before Game 3 on Monday, suffering from what coach Joel Quenneville called an upper-body injury.
Hossa, who is tied for the team lead with 15 points in the playoffs, participated in warm-ups before Game 3 but was replaced by Ben Smith, who did not take part in the warm-ups.
The Bruins take a 2-1 series lead into Wednesday's Game 4.