By: A.J. Perez
Source: Fox Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks might have no chance to win the Stanley Cup without him, evidenced by a 2-0 Boston Bruins victory after the gifted forward became a last-minute scratch before Game 3 at TD Garden on Monday night.
“Losing Hoss sucks, but we have plenty of guys who can fill in,” Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. “We have a deep team. That’s been the key to our success all season. Obviously, we want Hoss playing. If he’s not, we’re still confident we can still win games.”
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa — tied for the ‘Hawks lead in playoff scoring with 15 points — has an upper-body injury and is day-to-day.
“We’re hopeful he’ll be ready for the next game,” Quenneville said.
Quenneville said the injury didn’t occur in warm-ups, and captain Jonathan Toews said it “was something that we were prepared for all day,” even though Hossa skated with the team earlier Monday and there hadn’t been indication, at least publicly, he was hurt.
The Blackhawks were dominated as the Bruins grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Hossa’s absence sapped what little punch the Blackhawks’ offense had. Chicago hasn’t scored since Sharp’s tally in the first period of Game 2.
That’s a drought of 122 minutes, 26 seconds.
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