- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa said Thursday he may require surgery on his back because of an injury he suffered in the Stanley Cup finals.
"I just talked to [head athletic trainer] Mike Gapski, and he kind of pointed out that there are two options that I may need the surgery and I may need another shot," Hossa said at the United Center. "After this, I'm going to talk to Dr. [Michael] Terry and try to make the best decision that we can. So one of those two options."
Hossa, who had an MRI, said he suffered the back injury near the end of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins. He was a late scratch from Game 3 and returned for the series' final three games.
"His back was so bad he was lying down on the plane [heading to Game 3]. He couldn't sit in his seat," Hawks owner Rocky Wirtz said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "We had a van to get him to the team charter. He was feeling quite bad. He didn't have any feeling in one of his feet.
"And then in warmups, you could see him shaking one of his legs. He didn't have any feeling in that leg, so that's how tough a guy he is."
Hossa said he wasn't the same player after the injury.
"I don't know if I was too effective how I was playing," Hossa said. "I was limping on the ice. To tell you the truth, I didn't have much confidence because everybody was much faster. As soon you get a puck, I wasn't too confident to do things I'm usually able to do. It kind of frustrated me in those games, but the coaches told me just to play your game defensively and that's going to help us. I just try to stick with it."
Hossa had seven goals and nine assists in 22 playoff games this season.
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