Vancouver's Hansen elbows Hossa in the head
It was a sight all too familiar in Chicago.
Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa was face-down on the ice, hurt in the exact spot he laid during last year's playoffs after being brutally hit by Coyotes left winger Raffi Torres. This time Hossa took an elbow to the head, delivered by Canucks' winger Jannik Hansen.
But in Hansen's eyes, the hit was nothing but a "hockey play."
"We both kind of jumped for a loose puck and he gets it first, when we were coming down I think I grazed him on the back of his shoulders," Hansen said as he told his side of the story. "I [didn't] see what happened afterwards because the play continued a little bit. But then I look back and I see that he's down… wasn't quite sure what was going on.
"Apparently I hit him in the back of the head, [that's] what the ref [was] telling me. I was coming down, but it's hard for me to tell what really happened."
As the hit replayed, it was clear: Hansen's elbow went directly into the back of Hossa's head.
When asked about whether he was familiar with Hossa's medical history, Hansen said "everyone in the hockey world knows [about the hit]. But when you go for a puck, you go for a puck."
Hansen received a two-minute roughing penalty for the hit, but whether he could face further disciplinary action from the league remains to be seen.
"It's out of my hands, the game was happening very fast and it's up to them to look at now. I don't believe there's (need for discipline) out of what I saw on a replay. But then again I need to see if again before I go into a deeper response about what happened."
Hansen's characterization of the hit was awfully similar to the one that Torres gave last April.
"It's a hockey play and we bumped together a little hard," Hansen continued. "Again, he goes down, I can't really do anything about that. We both [went] for the puck and we ran into each other."