Hossa ‘likely’ to return for Hawks in Game 4

By Chris Kuc, Tribune reporter

It appears the Chicago Blackhawks will have the services of winger Marian Hossa for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday, “I’m going to say (Hossa’s) likely to play” in Game 4.

Hossa was a late scratch in Game 3 on Monday night and the Hawks missed the veteran’s stalwart two-way play during a 2-0 defeat that dropped them into a 2-1 hole in the best-of-seven series.

Ben Smith replaced Hossa and said afterward he was scrambling to get warm and ready after being informed he’d play just prior to puck drop.

“Ben was ready,” Quenneville said. “I know that he was doing everything he can. We were hopeful Hossa was playing and Ben was doing everything to get ready. He was ready.”

When pressed about Smith not warming up to play in his first game of the postseason, Quenneville said: “He would have taken warm-up if we wanted him to. He knew there was a chance he was going to play. He was getting himself ready. I just didn’t want to tip our hand that there’s something going on.”

ckuc@tribune.com

Twitter @ChrisKuc

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