Hossa to decide Friday whether he'll face Sharks

Hossa to decide Friday whether he'll face Sharks
February 21, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Marian Hossa took to the ice with the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. He was still there at the end, skating fine, taking part in drills, per usual.

It was a bit of a surprise, not just because he took a hit to the back of his head on Tuesday night, but also because it was the second head hit he’s taken in 10 months. But the right wing said he feels fine, has gone through some protocol already and will go through a little more soon.

And if all goes well, he wants to play tomorrow night.

Hossa said he felt some immediate effects from the hit to his head delivered by Vancouver forward Jannik Hansen. He was aware of what happened, however, and said he didn’t suffer a concussion. But after having Wednesday off, Hossa said he’s feeling better.

“Right after, I was shaky. That’s why I didn’t return. I had the day off, so it’s settled down and this morning I felt much better,” Hossa said. “He hit me pretty hard in the back of the head. More than anything, he just surprised me with the punch from behind. I didn’t feel like myself for the first half hour after the hit.”

As for whether he’s playing tomorrow night against the San Jose Sharks, that’ll depend on how he feels tomorrow. Hossa said he’ll sleep on it, and the Blackhawks said they will re-evaluate him tomorrow morning.

“He could play. We’ll see how he is tomorrow and his chances for the night,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “That was very encouraging that he felt good yesterday and responded with feeling good during practice (today) and afterward.”

It’s been just over 10 months since Hossa suffered a concussion from the Raffi Torres hit, the first major concussion of his career. Asked if he was concerned, just after the hit, that he could have another one, Hossa said being cognizant immediately set him at ease.

“When I fell down, I kind of knew what happened. So that was a good sign,” he said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be that bad like last time because I didn’t remember anything last time.”

Hansen was suspended one game, and will miss tonight’s Canucks contest in Dallas. Regarding the suspension, Quenneville said, “I’m comfortable with the way (the league) looks at things. It’s not an easy job.”

Said Hossa, “that’s up to the league. They make decisions. I’m glad it’s at least one game. Hopefully guys learn from it. He said he was reaching for the puck. I didn’t buy it. When you reach for the puck you don’t hit someone that hard in the head.”