(MCT) — CHICAGO — The sight of Marian Hossa prone on the United Center ice after a hit to the head was a sickening and all too familiar sight for the Blackhawks.
The veteran was injured during the third period of the Hawks’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Canucks on Tuesday night at the United Center after taking a forearm to the back of his head from Jannik Hansen. Last season, Hossa suffered a severe, season-ending concussion following an illegal hit from the Coyotes’ Raffi Torres during the first round of the playoffs.
“I saw him after the game (and) he seems OK but we’ll know more (Wednesday),” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the game. “It’s a major concern.”
After the hit from Hansen, Hossa was down on the ice for several moments before he was helped to the bench and then into the dressing room.
“That’s ugly and very unfortunate,” Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “We hope that it’s just a minor scare.”
Added teammate Patrick Sharp: We’re all concerned at this point. Especially after what happened last year but Hossa is a tough guy.”
When the Hawks and Canucks played Feb. 1, Hansen slashed the Hawks’ Dave Bolland in the ankle and the center missed one game. After that incident, the Hawks said they didn’t have an issue with the play. They do on Tuesday night’s hit and expect the league to look into it.
“It’s pretty evident (Hansen) wasn’t reaching for the puck or anything,” Toews said. “I’m not too sure exactly what’s going to happen there ... but I don’t think there’s any doubt there’s contact to the head.”
Added coach Joel Quenneville: I think everybody saw it and can have their own opinion. We’ll let the people who do that stuff do their job.”