Blackhawks’ Hossa on Amonte critique: Don’t care
By Adam L. Jahns email@example.com June 19, 2013 11:32PM
Updated: August 19, 2013 1:36PM
BOSTON — Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa wasn’t biting. It didn’t matter how the question was asked or who was asking it, he wasn’t going to say much about the injury that kept him out of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
But Hossa did respond to the criticism by former Hawk Tony Amonte, an analyst for Comcast SportsNet New England. Amonte said Hossa is “not a guy that will play through a lot of injuries” and more, sparking an incensed defense of Hossa’s toughness and character by the Hawks before Game 4 against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.
“I don’t really care what Tony Amonte says,” Hossa said after defenseman Brent Seabrook scored the game-winner in overtime to even the series.
“If you cannot go, you cannot go. You almost feel useless [in] there. Today was a different decision with an extra day. I decided I can help a little bit, and I’m glad we won.”
Hossa said it would be tough to say if he would play if this were the regular season and not hockey’s pinnacle. But he said two days off before Game 5 on Saturday might help him.
He said he made the decision to play in Game 4 right before the game.
“How effective was I? I felt so-so,” Hossa said. “But the decision was for me to play. I’m glad I could help a little bit.”
Seabrook said the Hawks got a boost from Hossa, who played 19:07 and had an assist. Hossa was back on a line with Patrick Sharp and Michal Handzus.
“Hossa has a lot of pride,” Seabrook said. “He was upset with not being able to play last game. … It was a big lift for the boys just to see him out there battling and skating, working as hard as he does all the time.”
The Hawks were better in the faceoff circle in Game 4, winning 49 percent of their draws after being dominated by Patrice Bergeron and Co. in Game 3 (21 percent).
The Hawks actually won 65 percent of their faceoffs in the first period of Game 4.
Jonathan Toews was 16-for-30.
“[Toews] had the puck more today,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I thought he was more friendly with it.”
Hawks defenseman Nick Leddy played only 2:37. He took one shift in the first period, two in the second, none in the third and one in overtime.
But Quenneville said Leddy was fine health-wise afterward.