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Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he gave Marian Hossa the day off from practice Friday to rest an upper-body injury that kept him out of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Quenneville said Hossa is "fine," and he's expected to play Saturday against the Boston Bruins in Game 5. The series is tied at two games apiece.
"We expect him to be the same," Quenneville said. "Consistency of what he brings day in, day out to our game is what makes him a special player and a valuable addition to our team, and I think all areas we're going to be leaning on him. No matter where we put him you're knowing you're going to get the job done. I think I would expect him to be a lot more comfortable even going into tomorrow's game."
Hossa played in Game 4 on Wednesday and notched an assist in the Hawks' 6-5 overtime victory that tied the series, but he did not seem to be moving as well as he normally does.
"I liked his contribution last game," Quenneville said. "That line was very effective for us. I thought they generated a lot and were useful in areas. I think defensively, too, you know [Hossa] is going to be in the right spot and not give up anything in that end of it. I'm very happy to use him whatever number you say percentage he's ready at. I think everybody has different limitations. Everybody is giving it their all."
Hossa, who has seven goals and nine assists, is tied for second on the team with 16 playoff points.
"I felt so-so, but the decision was for me to play, and I'm glad I could help a little bit," Hossa said after Wednesday's game.
ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers contributed to this story.