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Blackhawks' Hossa out with lower-body injury

Top-line forward injured during loss to Ducks

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

Hossa shaken up after hit

ANA@CHI: Hossa shaken up after hit by Lindholm

2/13/16: Marian Hossa goes down and is shaken up after being awkwardly run into by Hampus Lindholm in the 2nd period

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will be without right wing Marian Hossa for an extended time because of a lower-body injury sustained Saturday during a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

At 14:48 of the second period, Hossa fell awkwardly while battling for a puck with defenseman Hampus Lindholm in the offensive zone.

Hossa was carrying the puck when Lindholm cut him off and sent him to the ice with a check near the corner. He stayed on the ice before being helped to his feet and assisted off the ice by members of the Blackhawks' medical staff.

"We'll probably know more [Sunday]," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We don't think it's serious, but he could miss some time."

Hossa, 37, has 10 goals and 18 assists in 54 games. He is four goals away from 500 for his career. His role at right wing on the top line creates a big void among the Blackhawks' top six forwards.

"That's never a fun thing," said captain Jonathan Toews, who center's Hossa's line. "I think the initial thought is to worry how serious it really is. As far as I know right now, not too sure, but I think we're hopeful. We've done it before. We're going to have to find ways to play without one of our top guys again. We all know what he means to our team offensively and defensively, [and] all over the rink. It's never easy but we'll find a way."

Hossa isn't the goal-scorer he once was, but his two-way game lets Quenneville use him in all situations. He plays on both special teams and often generates 5-on-5 scoring chances.

"You definitely miss [him] playing the right way, but [this will] definitely create some opportunity for some guys that haven't done much recently, [who] should look forward to getting a greater chance," Quenneville said.

One of those players is Teuvo Teravainen, who moved up to right wing on the second line after Hossa left. Patrick Kane, who normally plays in that spot, moved up to Hossa's spot next to Toews.

Teravainen, who has one goal in his past 26 games, started the game centering the fourth line. Asked if Teravainen will get the first look at playing a top-six role without Hossa, Quenneville was blunt with his response.

"Well, the opportunity's been there," he said. "Just go grab it."

The Blackhawks will not practice Sunday, so an update on Hossa's health might not be available. Chicago concludes a four-game homestand against the Toronto Maple at United Center on Monday.

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