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Blackhawks recall Bollig, expect Hossa to play Friday

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 4:36 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Blackhawks recall Bollig, expect Hossa to play Friday

One day after sending forward Brandon Bollig to Rockford of the American Hockey League, the Chicago Blackhawks recalled Bollig on Thursday afternoon.

After Bollig was sent to the AHL on Wednesday afternoon, the Blackhawks used his roster spot to bring defenseman Steve Montador off the injured reserve list, which gave Chicago eight active defensemen heading into a home game that night against the Colorado Avalanche.

Prior to the Blackhawks' 3-2 win at United Center, forward Marian Hossa was a late scratch because of an upper-body injury after taking warm-ups.

Chicago then lost third-line center Andrew Shaw in the second period with an upper-body injury before star left wing Patrick Sharp was hurt 7:49 into the third after being driven hard into the boards by Colorado's Ryan O'Byrne. Sharp left the ice holding his left shoulder and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he would probably miss some time.

Quenneville sounded more optimistic about Shaw and said Hossa would play in the rematch against the Avalanche on Friday night at Pepsi Center in Colorado, but it's unclear how many forwards the Blackhawks coach will have at his disposal for the game. Michael Frolik has missed two straight games with an illness and was deemed questionable for making the trip prior to Wednesday night's game.

"We've got some guys who can play," Quenneville said after the most recent win, which pushed the Blackhawks' win streak to 11 and extended their season-opening point streak to 24 games. "We get [Hossa] back, [Frolik's] close to returning, so we've got options. We'll talk about it."

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