Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa did not practice Friday but the veteran winger "is fine" and will play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night at the United Center, according to coach Joel Quenneville. Hossa returned against the Bruins for Game 4 after missing the third match of the best-of-seven series with what Quenneville said was an upper-body injury. "Hossa is fine," Quenneville said. "We expect him to be the same. One thing about 'Hoss,' production offensively or responsibility defensively, complementing our team game in all facets of our game is what we look for. "The consistency of what he brings day in and day out is what makes him a special player and a valuable addition to our team. All areas we're going to be leaning on him. No matter where we put him, you know he's going to get the job done. I would expect him to be feeling a lot more comfortable going into (Game 5)." After the Hawks' 6-5 overtime victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night, during which he had an assist in 19 minutes, 7 seconds of ice time, Hossa said the injury limited him. "I liked his contribution last game," said Quenneville, who added that Hossa will see more time on the penalty kill in Game 5. "We're very happy to use him, whatever number you want to say percentage that he's ready at. Everybody has different limitations but everybody gives it their all." Like a glove: Much has been made about the Bruins repeatedly beating Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford to the glove side during Game 4. Winger Patrick Sharp took it upon himself during Friday's practice to test whether it's a problem area for Crawford.
Hawks' Hossa good to go for Game 5
Chicago Tribune | Jun 22