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Hossa out of Blackhawks lineup for Game 4

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has been ruled out for Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series against Phoenix on Thursday, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

Hossa was wheeled off on a stretcher Tuesday night in the first period of Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series with Phoenix, injured by a hit from Phoenix forward Raffi Torres in the first period of a 3-2 overtime victory by Phoenix at the United Center.

The Blackhawks announced after the game that Hossa was recovering at home, having been released from a hospital. Wednesday, after the team's practice, Quenneville announced that Hossa would not dress for Game 4.

Torres also will not be in the lineup. He is suspended indefinitely by the League and faces an in-person hearing Friday with the NHL's Department of Player Safety at the League's New York office.

Marian Hossa
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 0
SOG: 10 | +/-: 3
On the play, Hossa had just passed the puck at center ice when Torres came out of the Chicago zone and hit Hossa with his left shoulder. Hossa fell to the ice in front of the Blackhawks bench and was motionless for about a minute. He was attended to by the Chicago team doctor, two EMTs and the Hawks' trainer.

He was conscious and talking to the doctor as he left the ice before he was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The Blackhawks released the following statement after the game from head team physician Dr. Michael Terry:

"Marian Hossa suffered an upper-body blow in the first period of tonight's game. After initial evaluation on the ice he was taken by ambulance to the hospital for further testing, which yielded encouraging results. He has been released from the hospital and we are monitoring him closely at home. We anticipate a full recovery in a timetable yet to be determined."

That was good news to his teammates, who were otherwise livid about the hit and the lack of a penalty to Torres.

"Any time you see a teammate and a good friend, someone you've had some great experiences with, it's tough when you see him laying on the ice like that," defenseman Brent Seabrook said Tuesday night.

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