Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa won't
play in Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday against
Phoenix after leaving the ice on a stretcher during Game 3 on Tuesday.
Hossa was the recipient of a head-high hit from Phoenix's Raffi Torres in the
first period of the 3-2 overtime loss. He was taken to a hospital for
evaluation and released late Tuesday night.
The Blackhawks did not disclose the exact nature of the injury in a statement
late Tuesday night, but on Wednesday ruled Hossa out of Game 4.
"Marian Hossa suffered an upper body blow in the first period of [Tuesday's]
game," the Blackhawks said in Tuesday's statement. "After initial evaluation
on the ice he was taken by ambulance to the hospital for further testing,
which yielded encouraging results. We anticipate a full recovery in a
timetable yet to be determined."
Torres, who left his feet to make the hit, was not penalized on the play. He
was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday and will miss at least Game 4 prior to
a hearing with the NHL on Friday.
The Sports Network