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Hossa leaves game after hit to head

by Brian Hedger / Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have seen it before, and it wasn't any easier Tuesday night to watch teammate Marian Hossa down on the ice motionless again.

A blow to the back of Hossa's head by the Vancouver Canucks' Jannik Hansen early in the third period was the cause, and Chicago now must hope Hossa doesn’t have a recurrence of the concussion symptoms that stemmed from a hit by Raffi Torres that knocked him out of a Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes last spring.

After scoring a pair of goals in the second period, Hossa was dropped to the ice 1:10 into the third when he and Hansen collided while competing for a puck in the air.

Hossa was face down on the ice for a few minutes before heading to the locker room. He didn’t return to the game.

Following the injury from the Torres hit, Hossa wasn’t cleared to return to action until early December, and was off to a strong start to the season, scoring eight goals and adding six assists.

Hansen was assessed a two-minute minor for roughing on the play.

Hossa was named the game's No. 1 star.

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