Hossa played on 'numb' foot vs. Bruins
June, 25, 2013
By ESPNChicago.com | ESPN.com
Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty ImagesMarian Hossa had two assists in five games against the Bruins.Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa admitted after winning the Stanley Cup that he was basically skating on one leg because of a back injury.
"Actually there was a disc in my back, shooting in my nerve," Hossa said. "Basically I didn't feel my right foot. It was all numb all the time. I just thought I could skate on one leg."
Hossa was a surprise late scratch before Game 3 and took criticism from former Blackhawk and current Bruins television analyst Tony Amonte for sitting out. Hossa played the rest of the series but was limited in practice and game-day morning skates.
After winning his second Stanley Cup in four years, Hossa's injury was the last thing on his mind.
"Right now I don't feel any pain," he said. "Obviously you guys could tell I could not skate.
"Everybody was banged up. We find a way to win, which is important."
Hossa finished with two assists and 22 shots on goal in the Stanley Cup finals.