Marian Hossa visits with teammates
CHICAGO -- Injured Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa visited with his teammates at the United Center on Monday for the first time since he was forced out of Game 3 of Chicago's quarterfinal series against the Phoenix Coyotes by a hit to the head.
"It was good to see him," coach Joel Quenneville said of seeing Hossa after the Blackhawks' morning practice. "I talked to him last night. ... I'm sure his teammates and him as well, are glad to get a chance to see [him]."
Hossa was leveled by a violent check by the Coyotes' Raffi Torres, who left his feet to hit Hossa in the head after Hossa no longer had possession of the puck.
Hossa was taken off the ice on a stretcher and was released from an area hospital later that night. He's been recovering at home.
Torres has been suspended for 25 games for the hit, while Hossa has not played since.
Hossa didn't play in Game 6 on Monday night in Chicago. The Blackhawks were eliminated from the postseason after a 4-0 loss.
Torres served the third game of his 25-game suspension Monday night.