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Quenneville addresses Hossa hit

by Brian Hedger
The National Hockey League announced Sunday it will not take any further action related to a late-game hit by Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa on Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis during Saturday's Game 5 of the teams' Western Conference series.

Before the ruling was announced, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville provided his thoughts on the play, for which Hossa received a five-minute boarding major but not a game misconduct.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville:
On the hit: "We looked at it again, and a five-minute major's pretty severe penalty. It's a one-goal game late and you know, (it's a) five minute major for a key guy, a key penalty killer. It was tough to get through."
On what he expected the League to consider when deciding the ruling: "I think part of it is your track record. That's part of the criteria as far as when they look at situations, and repeat offenders maybe get looked at a little severely, more severe. But Hossa's maybe the most solid player you'd want. He plays hard, but physically he’s smart in those areas and I think his track record would verify that."
On comparing Hossa's hit with Ovechkin's hit on Campbell: "Ovechkin's hit was he hit Soupy hard and he didn't have the puck and it was a dangerous hit. You know (on Hossa's) we’ve got the goalie out and (Hamhuis) has got the puck. It wasn't from behind. So you can look at it from a lot of different ways. Certainly that was the way we saw it. (Hamhuis) has got to know we’re coming. We’ve got the goalie out and we’re pressing."
On if he anticipates Nashville retaliating in Game 6
: "They're a very disciplined team. They a (low) penalized team. They're very smart. They stay out of the penalty box. So, I wouldn’t forecast or foresee that happening."

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