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Blackhawks F Marian Hossa out for 2 to 3 weeks with upper-body injury

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 6:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blackhawks F Marian Hossa out for 2 to 3 weeks with upper-body injury

CHICAGO - Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will miss two to three weeks after he left Saturday night's 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh with an upper-body injury.

It was unclear when exactly Hossa was injured. He took a hard hit from Penguins forward Craig Adams during Chicago's second power play of the first period at Soldier Field.

The injury is a big blow for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who lead the league with 213 goals this season. The 35-year-old Hossa has 24 goals and 26 assists in 57 games.

Coach Joel Quenneville says Monday that Brandon Saad probably will take Hossa's spot on the right side on Chicago's top line, which also includes centre Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. Quenneville says the injury also gets Peter Regin back in the lineup after he was scratched against Pittsburgh.

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