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The big news from the start of Monday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final was the absence of Marian Hossa, one of the Chicago Blackhawks' most productive players, who was listed as an unexpected scratch minutes before the puck dropped in Boston.
According to the Blackhawks' official Twitter account, Hossa's unspecified injury apparently happened during warm-ups:
Marian Hossa out of the lineup after something apparently happened in warm-ups, Ben Smith IN tonight. CHIvsBOS
-- Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) June 18, 2013 But Hossa was hardly the only star in the game to do some damage during his pregame skate. In fact, Bruins defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara took a spill that could have put both his status and the status of Boston left winger Milan Lucic in danger.
Here's the clip of Chara slipping and sliding into Lucic from CBC's coverage of the game:
And a different angle of the collision from NBCSN's broadcast:
In case you missed Chara and Lucic's collision. Sweet sight for #Sabres fans https://t.co/Fok4BE4osW
-- Follow Buffalo (@Follow_Buffalo) June 18, 2013 Chara left the ice immediately after the collision, and reportedly needed to receive stitches in the back of his head.
Glenn Healy says Chara needed stitches in back of head after pre-game collision with Lucic. Most dangerous warmup ever.
-- Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 18, 2013 The above tweet, incidentally, would lead to this awesome reply from Oilers left winger Taylor Hall, who, recall, took this pregame spill in 2012:
I disagree " @FriedgeHNIC : Healy says Chara needed stitches in back of head after pre-game collision with Lucic. Most dangerous warmup ever."
-- Taylor Hall (@hallsy04) June 18, 2013 Ultimately, both Chara and Lucic were on the ice in time for the start of the game. But that didn't stop the Twitterverse from making a few jokes at their expense, though -- the best of which may have come, coincidentally, from a Hossa parody account that apparently didn't yet know about its namesake's injury:
Chara & Lucic pic.twitter.com/inHPBQw6lX
-- MarianHossaSay (@MarianHossaSay) June 18, 2013
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The Chicago Blackhawks have scratched forward Marian Hossa from Monday's nights Stanley Cup finals game against the Boston Bruins.
Hossa was tied for the team lead with 15 points in the playoffs. He was third in the regular season on the Blackhawks with 17 goals.
The Blackhawks said on their Twitter account that ''something apparently happened during warmups.'&...
Boston completely dominated every phase of Game 3. Don’t be fooled by the 2-0 result, the game was never that close. The 2011 Stanley Cup champions have the Chicago Blackhawks on their heels going into a crucial Game 4. To make matters worse, the Western Conference champs may be without one of their superstar forwards, again. Marian Hossa was a late scratch from Chicago’s lineup...
Paul wasn't feeling well when this news broke, so, a little belatedly: ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers reports that the Blackhawks believe that Marian Hossa will return from whatever ailed him in Game 3 in time to skate in Game 4:
Other than saying it's an upper-body injury, [Blackhawks coach Joel] Quenneville wouldn't go into detail about why Hossa, who is tied...
Jeff Gross/Getty Images BOSTON-- According to a report from the Associated Press, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will return for tonight’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals (link). Per Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville, Hossa was expected to play on Wednesday night after missing Monday’s Game 3 tilt with an upper body injury, but did not do so. Chicago could...
Marian Hossa was a late scratch for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday, but I'm not even sure the team's co-points leader in these playoffs could saved them in a relatively easy 2-0 win for the Boston Bruins , who moved to within two wins of their second Cup in three years.
Daniel Paille, the savior of Game 2 , got on the board first for...
Zdeno Chara was super grumpy post-game. It ended with him and Bickell fighting but it began with him losing an edge pre-game.
Rask would say this is ****** ice... or maybe bad skate blade.
Taylor Hall is not impressed, though.
I disagree “@FriedgeHNIC: Healy says Chara needed stitches in back of head after pre-game collision with Lucic. Most dangerous...
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara received stitches over his left eye after catching an edge and colliding with teammate Milan Lucic before Monday’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
The injury was initially believed to be to the back of his head.
The two collided on the ice in front of the Bruins’ bench with just more than three minutes remaining in pregame warmups...
Two of the biggest players in the NHL collided on Monday night during warm ups. Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was skating around in warm ups when he lost an edge and took out Milan Lucic from behind. Chara went right off the ice, presumably to get his skate resharpened. Luckily for Boston both players were fine.
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The Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Blackhawks has not been quite as “angry” a series as Boston’s matchup with the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the final minute of Monday’s Game 3.
With barely 10 seconds remaining in the third period, Zdeno Chara and Bryan Bickell began exchanging shoves in front of B’s goalie...
Chicago's offence seems to have dried up. They haven't scored a goal since the first period of game two. This was the highest scoring team in the West Conference this season. It appears that their best scorers are hurt or injured. Marian Hossa missed game three as a late scratch. Neither Jonathan Toews nor Patrick Kane have looked like the stars they usually look...
Just a few things that caught my eye:
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool Joel Quennville four times? Shame on the organization. Zdeno Chara was in the dressing room with a skate issue for at least four shifts and Quennville failed to get Jonathan Toews on the ice for any of them. How does that happen with today's technology?
Due to the lockout the NHL Awards have become an afterthought that is shoved in during the Stanley Cup finals and that is a real shame. Worse, the media reported the winners before they were announced officially for many of the significant awards. We still haven't seen an announcement of the first and second All Star Teams and at this point I have no idea when that will...