Despite mystery ailment, Blackhawks expect Hossa to play

The mysterious circumstances behind Marian Hossa's injury that sidelined the Blackhawks winger for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final remain. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
The mysterious circumstances behind Marian Hossa's injury that sidelined the Blackhawks winger for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final remain. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
Posted: June 20, 2013

BOSTON - The mysterious circumstances behind Marian Hossa's injury that sidelined the Blackhawks winger for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final remain.

So much so, that teammate Dave Bolland wasn't even sure if he had seen Hossa around.

"Oh, I don't know," Bolland said Tuesday, the day after Hossa was a late scratch with an upper-body injury.

Bolland then was asked to clarify.

"No, I don't know if I've seen him," the center said.

Coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't reveal the nature of Hossa's injury or when it occurred, but he did shed light on the veteran's status for Wednesday night's Game 4 at TD Garden.

"I'm going to say [Hossa's] likely to play," Quenneville said.

The Hawks missed the veteran's two-way play during a 2-0 defeat to the Bruins on Monday night that dropped them into a two-games-to-one hole in the best-of-seven series.

Ben Smith replaced Hossa in the lineup despite not participating in warmups and said afterward he was scrambling to get warm and ready after being informed he would play just before the game began.

Former Blackhawks all-star Tony Amonte, now an analyst for CSN New England, criticized Hossa on Monday night and again Tuesday.

"You're in the Stanley Cup Final.

"You play until you can't play anymore," Amonte said Tuesday on WEEI-FM 93.7 in Boston.

"You give whatever you can to your organization and that's the way most guys will do it."

Deals

Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings have an agreement on a three-year contract. The deal will keep Datsyuk through the 2016-17 season.

He can't sign the contract until July 5 because he was entering the last year of his current deal.

The Los Angeles Kings reached agreement on terms of a new six-year contract with defenseman Slava Voynov.

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