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Hossa out two-three weeks

by Brian Hedger / Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Marian Hossa for up to three weeks with an upper-body injury that happened this past Saturday night at Soldier Field in the final 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game.

Hossa was hit hard by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams while playing the puck behind the Pittsburgh net with 6:48 left in the first period and skated slowly to the bench. He remained seated for the rest of the period and didn't return to the ice.

"Probably two-to-three weeks we're looking at," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Monday at United Center. "There's going to be some quality ice time shared amongst the guys [now]."

Hossa, who turned 35 in January, is fourth on the Blackhawks with 50 points (24 goals and 26 assists) in 57 games. He's also third with a plus-25 rating, behind only the plus-27 of forward Brandon Saad and the plus-26 of defenseman Brent Seabrook.

Hossa came into this season after opting not to have back surgery to repair an injury that occurred in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. Instead he rested and did rehab exercises, which continued into the season to help prevent flare-ups.

The Blackhawks have not specified what the issue is now, other than designating it an upper-body injury.

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