Hossa's return a boost to his Blackhawks linemates

Hossa's return a boost to his Blackhawks linemates
June 20, 2013, 12:45 am
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I don’t really care what Tony Amonte said.
Marian Hossa

BOSTON – Marian Hossa felt decidedly “so-so.”

The Chicago Blackhawks’ right wing couldn’t go in Game 3, sidelined by a mystery injury that the Blackhawks ruled of the upper-body variety. So when that injury was feeling just a little better on Wednesday, Hossa was back in; and even at so-so, Hossa’s addition helps the Blackhawks.

Hossa played just over 19 minutes and had the primary assist on Patrick Sharp’s power-play goal as the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 6-5 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blackhawks head back home with the series tied at 2.

For Hossa, bowing out of Game 3 was difficult. So when he started feeling better, he wanted to be part of the lineup again. Still, it was obvious Hossa wasn’t close to 100 percent. He wasn’t moving very well right out of the gate and took at least two trips back to the locker room during the game.

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“If you can’t go, you can’t go. You almost feel useless,” Hossa said. “Today was a different decision, an extra day, so I decided I could help out a little bit and I’m glad we won.”

Still, he pressed on, and his teammates appreciated it.

“He wasn’t moving his best, but we’ll take Hoss at whatever percentage we can get him,” said Sharp, who was on that second line with Hossa and Michal Handzus. “I love playing with him and Michal. We had a strong game and probably could’ve had more goals than just the one we got.”

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Hossa received some flack for not playing in Game 3. Much of it came from former Blackhawk Tony Amonte, who questioned Hossa’s toughness. Hossa, when asked about that, said, “I don’t really care what Tony Amonte said.”

Hossa got through Game 4. Obviously he wasn’t 100 percent and who knows if he will be the rest of this series. But he gets two days off before Game 5 and that can’t hurt.

“I just tried to find a way to help my team to play,” he said. “I just tried to contribute the little bit I could and I’m glad we won.”