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Hossa leaves game with injury

by Mike G. Morreale / Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- First-line right wing Marian Hossa sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at Soldier Field in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

Hossa, 35, was hit hard by Penguins forward Craig Adams while playing the puck behind the Pittsburgh net with 6:48 remaining in the first period. He skated slowly to the bench and remained there for the rest of the period before leaving the ice for the final time at the first intermission.

"Hossa might miss some time," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We'll get a better idea, probably more, on Monday, [a] pretty good idea, but we'll know more in a couple of days. But not long-term."

Even missing Hossa for a few games could be big at this stage of the season. The Blackhawks have 20 games left in the regular season and lead the St. Louis Blues by two points in the race for the top spot in the Central Division. Chicago is also in contention for first place in the Western Conference, trailing the Anaheim Ducks by three points.

Hossa, who has 24 goals and 50 points in 56 games, played 4:18 in the first period and did not have a shot on goal. No specific details of the injury were provided by the Blackhawks, but Hossa has been careful this season after opting to forego surgery this past summer for a back injury sustained in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.

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