Friday, April 20, 2012
Marian Hossa to stay behind
By Jesse Rogers ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa won't travel with the team for Saturday's Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes, coach Joel Quenneville announced on Friday.
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Hossa was hit in the head by Coyotes forward Raffi Torres in the first period of Game 3 on Tuesday, and Quenneville said there is nothing new to report on Hossa's condition as of Friday morning.
"He's the same," Quenneville said before the Blackhawks departed for Phoenix.
Hossa left Tuesday's game on a stretcher and was taken to an area hospital before being released later that night.
Quenneville talked to Hossa the day after the hit, and teammates have been texting him, but there is no timetable for his return.
Torres wasn't penalized on the play as officials said they didn't see the high hit.
He was suspended indefinitely Wednesday, pending a 1 p.m. ET Friday hearing that took place in New York. NHL senior vice president of player safety and hockey operations Brendan Shanahan will announce Saturday whether the NHL will further assess supplemental discipline to Torres.
The Blackhawks trail in the series 3-1.