Marian Hossa Injured As Blackhawks Make NHL History

The Chicago Blackhawks tied history on Tuesday night, defeating the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout.

But the game ended with an ugly cloud hovering over the United Center after a pathetic cheap shot ended Marian Hossa’s night prematurely.

After the game, everyone in the Canucks’ dressing room claimed Jannik Hansen’s elbow to the back of Hossa’s head was “a hockey play,” and Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said the hit “wasn’t a penalty” until Jonathan Toews talked to the officials.

Sad.

WGN Radio reported immediately after the game that the NHL was indeed looking at the hit, and that Hansen would likely receive a call from Brendan Shanahan’s office. The hit was a perfect example of everything the league is trying to eliminate from the game; Hansen took a cheap shot, and, when challenged later in the period, refused to step up.

But this should surprise nobody. These are, after all, the Canucks.

In the game, Patrick Sharp scored for a second consecutive game and Hossa scored two pretty goals to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead. But after Hossa went down, the Canucks were able to capitalize and draw even in the final moments of regulation.

Perhaps most frustrating for the Blackhawks was the lack of response from the team’s supposedly-physical forwards. With Brent Seabrook out, the team needed players like Bryan Bickell to step up when the game started to get physical late in the first period.

Unfortunately, Bickell took an enormeous step back from a really good start to his season. He was a ghost on the ice, looking lost and completely ineffective throughout the game. And his ice time reflected the coaches noticing Bickell’s poor performance; he was the only Hawks’ forward (other than Brandon Bollig) to skate less than ten minutes in the game.

On the blue line, with Seabrook out, Chicago was forced to roll a different look. Sheldon Brookbank started next to Duncan Keith, but it was Michal Rozsival that filled the void left by Seabook. Rozsival played a strong game and was credited with two blocked shots, one hit and one takeaway in 24:14 on the ice.

Keith led all Hawks defensemen in ice time with 29:28 but Chicago didn’t rely completely on two or three defensemen; Johnny Oduya skated 28:37 and Niklas Hjalmarsson was over 20 minutes as well.

Ray Emery earned the game’s third star, making 29 saves against 32 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping two of three shootout attempts by the Canucks.

At the end of the night, the Blackhawks joined the NHL’s record books by staying without a regulation loss once again. But the only – ONLY – thing that matters is the health of Hossa moving forward.

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37 Responses to Marian Hossa Injured As Blackhawks Make NHL History

  1. Tony says:

    I know that I am repeating myself here, and that I am stating the obvious, but I think it bares repeating:

    The Vancouver Canucks are douche bags.

  2. Stefanie Lewis says:

    Dirty, dirty, dirty. Even from Section 307, we could see that it was the cheapest of shots. Anybody but Hoss, I wouldn’t be as worried…..but with the awful concussion history, this does not bode well. I hope that this does not take Big Hoss out of the game for good. Get better Hoss, we love ya! Nice lineup in shootout & terrific shot to end the shootout for Shaw.

  3. Brad Stevenson says:

    I can’t believe what Vigneault said about the play…BRUTAL…yes, a coach is not going to sell out his own player, but simply say, I didn’t get a good look at it, and I will take a better look at it tomorrow…I hope Hossa is OK…the Canuckleheads didn’t even accomplish that…and then the Hawks went soft in the last 5 minutes and allowed the game to become tied, taking any form of retribution out of the game…

    This punk Hansen was the same guy that slashed Bolland and knocked him out of 2 games earlier in the season…this crap needs to stop, and Shanny had better take this seriously…the replay is clear, there is NO ATTEMPT to play the puck…only a forearm to the head attempting to injure Hossa, who came back alive tonight…

    A brief comment about the game, I thought Shaw, Kruger and Saad were all excellent again tonight…Stahlberg was all over the ice, and made lots of plays…Duncan Keith was an all star tonight…Rozy played well, but he does have a penchant for turning the puck over…Emery was up and down on the night, and not deserving of the 3rd star…nice to see lots of step in Sharp’s game…when he goes like that the pucks will start going in for him…finally, what was Oduya thinking with a minute to go in the game, their net empty, and having the puck at our blueline, unchecked on his forehand, only to turn it over and set up the tying goal…I guess that’s the price of Seabrook getting injured, and Oduya playing almost 30 minutes…brutal giveaway.

    Let’s hope Hoss is okay!

  4. JS says:

    Hard to be satisfied after the win without knowing when/if Hossa will come back. A lot like last April I felt like the air was let out of the building while Hossa was motionless on the ice.

    This just goes on to prove the point that the “on ice enforcer” is just a bunch of ancient BS. Bollig pounded on Weise after he took a run at Kruger earlier in the game, according to ancient hockey lore, Bollig doing this deters the other team from taking cheap shots! They know if they run at someone again, Bollig will punch them in the head again! Right, Tom? Yeah, works out well.

    It’s time for the LEAGUE to end this crap. Headshots like this need to be removed from the game and that isn’t going to happen from a Carcillo or Bollig punching someone a few times after they run someone. Make the suspensions/fines mean something. Take the “justice” off the ice now before Hansen turns into the next Steve Moore when Carcillo decides he needs to redeem the dirty hit on his teammate.

    How much more of this crap do we have to see? How much longer is AV going to be allowed to coach when his teams try to injure someone whenever they are losing?

  5. McKay says:

    Tough to swallow a Hossa injury and tough to swallow a 2-goal lead erased in the third period. We had SO many odd man rushes with pucks on the sticks of our best players. Give credit to Schneider for good positioning all game long.

    I agree on the assessment of Bickell’s game. There were several times when he had a man lined up and then he would let up. Why would he let up in a physical rivalry game? Why now after a great start to the season when he is filling a critical role and a critical line? Seems very very strange to me. I want to see the toothless Bickell play nasty like the Canadian hill-billy that he is.

    I also agree with JS. One 4th line enforcer on a team does nothing to deter cheap shots. The NHL does need to step in like they do in the NFL. Unless you have a super weight power forward, who gets minutes, like Lucic or several mean fuckers (like Bickell could be in addition to Mayers/Bollig/Carcillo), it’s just the good old boys re-assuring themselves.

    Another observation was the line jumble after Bollig’s 10 min and Hossa’s injury (plus trying to make up for ice time after the penalties). They didn’t skip a beat. Lots of new line combos yet the Hawks consistently generated scoring chances 5-on-5. That is a great sign of guys being 100% in on a team system. This team is structured very, very well.

  6. Tim G says:

    Well, it wasn’t a pretty win, and the Hossa blow is HUGE. But, I will first and foremost congratulate this team for their record. Tieing the games mark, but besting the Ducks for total points. Great job!…

    Now to Hansen, yes it was cheap. I saw that he was quoted saying that they both went for the puck and it was just an unfortunate hockey play. Anyone could see Hossa had posistion and had no protection. If that was Hansen “going for the puck”, he is doing it wrong.

    Im going to shift gears here just to get the thoughts of the brain stable here… If we can’t/don’t pull the string on Ryan Oreilly, the noise I am hearing here in Florida is that Tallon may get antsy if Florida continues to dump games. I would like to see what people here think of Stephen Weiss. He isn’t a “sexy” name, but the trade cost would be less. He is about a 50% from the FO dot this year (98/199), and historically he finsishes better around 52-53%. He is UFA this coming offseason making just over 4m and will turn 30 later this year. Bolland, Pirri, and Beach (a bunch of Tallon draft picks) might be enough for Weiss and a low pick (5th rounder). If we resign Weiss for another year or 2 at the same 4m clip, we can buy time for McNeil/Danualt/K. Hayes to develop and replace Weiss long term. The only problem with this is that I dont know what Weiss will be looking for in UFA and if we can retain him for only 1-2 years. I would imagine he would be looking for something in the neighborhood of 3-4-5 years not 1 or 2.

  7. Mike says:

    I know the Hawks need a center like O’Rielly, but I would rather look into another strong D man. I have said many times on this page that Hawks O is fine, D is where they are weakest. Another top 4 injury and Hawks are in some trouble. We can look to Rockford for an individual or two, but they are near the bottom in goals allowed……again. Maybe the Hawks organization just needs a new Defensive system altogether. Like the LA game….sprint for 50 minutes then lay back. I go crazy watching the Hawks clear the zone near the end of a close game.

    Agreed, Bickell needs to step up. A 6-3, 240 lb man who is strong as an ox needs to use those gifts to protect other players. I like Meyer on the fourth line for that reason.

    Trading Bolland simply because he is 40-42% at the dot seems like a mistake. There are other attributes to his game the Hawks need. I would keep him around.

    Hawks/Canucks is a great rivalry. Canucks are the dirtiest team in hockey. Going to the head of Hossa is inexcusable and had only one purpose.

  8. wall says:

    Number the players… best to worst, 1-22 respectively. When a player gets injured because of blatant illegal head shot ( like this one, Torres, Keith to Sedin last year)…
    and injured player is out say 30 games… the like ranked # player and the offender miss the same # of games- so if Hoss is ranked # 4… Canucks # 4 Jensen miss the same amount of games + Jensen w/no pay!!!!

    2 minutes… That we had to beg for- Really!!! Let The Officials use Replay in hits to head!!!

    With Rules like they are… why doesn’t Bollig just simply make a 100% all out run at Sedin’s Head next game…. take the penalty and 5 game suspension- while Sedin is out for 20-30 games w/ another concussion!!!

    It would be a shame to see Hoss gone for any amount of time!!! Great Player!!!! Hall of Famer!

  9. Stinky says:

    Ummmm the Hawks are 7 defenders deep + at least one at Rockford who could step in tomorrow and eat 10 minutes (Stanton). They really don’t need any blue line help at this juncture in time.

    Hossa injury is no bueno. Legitimately punched in dome. Bad news bears. Iginla may be available as a rent-a-player should desperation kick in.

    Kruger seemed to be targeted the whole game. Also looked like Vancouver had a guy standing on Kane’s skates at all times.

  10. Stinky says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFVvLQU_cMo

    That is why you don’t just punch someone in the back of the head for “vengeance”

  11. Mike says:

    Just one more thing about Bolland. He is the last Hawk of the great AHL Norfolk Admirals line…..the “killer Bs” Big Buff, Bolland and Brower.

  12. JS says:

    Wall- Suspension lengths should not be based around how long the other player is injured. That is NOT a good precedent. If Hossa is just fine and plays on Friday, Hansen’s suspension should be less games even though you KNOW the hit was was with obvious intent to injure? No.

    For a game observation. Hawks played great until Hossa was assaulted. Had they put in a few of those breakaways/odd man rushes the game could have easily been way out of hand. Schneider stood on his head and was the only reason the game was as close as it was.

    They still played great in the third period. They just weren’t fortunate enough to get one past Schneider to deliver the knockout punch.

  13. wall says:

    Stinky- great link – thanks

    but I don’t know if I understand your point- should a Hawks thug get revenge?
    or is a 3 game suspension good enough ( what if Hoss is out for rest year? or Career)

    IMO- The obvious illegal Head shots need to be penalized more harshly!
    You don’t catch pucks with your forearms… the Dirty Dick Dane -Hansen – needs a beaten.

  14. JS says:

    Revenge is a child’s game. If the Hawks stoop to that level, they are no better than the Canucks.

    And you think fighting Hansen is the proper revenge for what he did to Hossa? Silly.

  15. JS says:

    I’m guessing his point is that when you “seek revenge” Steve Moore gets punched in the back of the head and never plays hockey again. Although, this seems to be the type of revenge you want.

  16. Phil says:

    I am proud of the Hawks brilliant start to the season. Let’s keep it rolling. While this game should have not gone to OT(what was “a little dab” Oduya thinking there at the end?) it was a pretty good team effort. The Hawks looked the better team out there and were it not for Schneider coming up big early stopping all those breakaways, this game would have been/should have been a blow out. We clearly missed Seabrook, but the guys on the back line were good most of the night as was the back check by the forwards.

    JS said it right. The air simply went out of the building and the Hawks after Hossa went down. Spooky in that it took place very close to where he was torpedoed by scumbag Torres last year. What was Hansen thinking? Then the complete denial after the game. The Nucks have the stink from the top down starting with Gilles and then AV. It never changes with the Canucklheads on and off the ice. Same MO they have had for years. Make no mistake, this was probably the worst officiated game of the year. Linesman made terrible confusing calls. The refs let lots of garbage go which leads to sticks and elbows getting higher as the game wore on. Then you get the Hansen shot to the back of the head of Hossa.

    Andrew Shaw continues to impress me with his tenacity.

    I don’t know about everyone else, but having watched the Hawks and NHL hockey since the early 60’s, I have never disliked a team as much as this Vancouver group for the past 4 years. Satisfying always to beat them, but seeing Hossa out on the ice again really turned my stomach. Lets get the Sharks Friday!

  17. wall says:

    JS- I would rather not do the revenge thing either…

    but when the refs don’t even call the penalty until – the Hawks bitch about it…
    1.) (any hit like that should be video reviewed- right then and there- so the Refs can try to gain some control)
    2.) the 2-3 game suspension that the Dirty Dick Dane is going to get, hardly Deters/stops this shit from continuing
    3.) it potentially could change the entire season for the Hawks and Canucks-( One could say Hawks + Hoss= Cup… Hawks w/o Hoss- puts Canucks ahead of Hawks)

    So until the NHL polices these hits in game ( video review) and more harshly…
    “It was the the Dirty Dick Danes first offense” and The “Puck was in the air” so we will fine him $10,000 and 2 games… while a HOF player like Hoss could potentially never play again…

    I saw Stinky’s video of Bertuzzi- 44 should have gotten a Ron Artest 1 year suspension- next illegal hit- lifetime-

  18. Tom Jaremka says:

    Here we go with the “enforcer”, payback game, again…….LOL. Let’s move past this and look at Bollig for a second. He’s not a stiff that cannot skate or stick handle. Brandon Bollig has some skills. He is a “good” skater that has good vision on the ice and makes good passes. He takes the body and plays along the boards.

    He does what “Q” asks of him and fights when necessary. In this day and age, with the salary cap, you cannot just be a “stiff” or a “goon”, you need to have skills.

    The days of fighting and “intimidation” are comig to an end in the NHL)it kills me to admit this, JS….LOL), but the Hawks are built in the Scotty Bowman fashion, which is simple, skill and speed will beat toughness. Remember, the Detroit Red Wings were built with skill and speed. They had Darrin McCarty, who was tough, but had skill, too. But they beat you with skill and speed and finess, when necessary. The Hawks are built the same way. They will out skate you, beat you to the puck, win the board game, make fancy plays and out score you and beat you with their power play, but they will rarely out hit you.

    This Hawk team reminds me of the Detroit teams of a couple years ago. When the smoke clears, the dirty teams are left watching the playoffs. The skilled teams with speed are carrying the Stanley Cup.

  19. Dickie Dunn says:

    Many good points…most important – “the only – ONLY – thing that matters is the health of Hossa moving forward.”

    “Revenge is a child’s game. If the Hawks stoop to that level, they are no better than the Canucks. And you think fighting Hansen is the proper revenge for what he did to Hossa? Silly.” — Revenge is “biblical”…”an eye for an eye”. Honestly, I’m torn – logically, the best outcome would be a 10 (or more) game suspension, but if Hossa is *at all* hurt, the Cansucks losing a shit stain like Hansen doesn’t seem like enough. The “Good Book” lover in me would like to hear Quenneville say (deadpan), “It was just ‘a hockey play’.” after Daniel Sedin is knocked out. This “measured response” might even prompt Vigneault to seriously consider the consequences of cheap shots? Mostly, that it’s f*#king with people’s lives, literally.

    “Trading Bolland simply because he is 40-42% at the dot seems like a mistake. There are other attributes to his game the Hawks need.” – agree, except trading Bolland (and ____?) to get Ryan O’Reilly would likely be very good for the team.

    Be well, Marian Hossa.

  20. Tab Bamford says:

    UPDATE: Hansen will chat w/ Shanahan about his “hockey play” this afternoon.

  21. Stinky says:

    Not at all advocating taking a cheap shot.

    Even if that play was in fact accidental the NHL should suspend stupidity as well.

    A solid set of rules regarding head shots would be nice. For example:
    1st offense = automatic 3 games + % of salary + team has to dress one less player
    2nd offense = automatic 5 games + % of salary + team has to dress one less player
    3rd offense = automatc 10 games + % of salary + team has to dress two less players
    4th offense = indefinite suspension + % of salary + team loss of roster spot until suspension over

    Moves back one slot to start next season. So if you committed 3 infractions in 2012-2013 in 2013-2014 your first offense = 10 games or 2 then you start at 5 games… ect

  22. RyanDale says:

    This latest incident was my greatest fear coming into this season. I am the first one to jump in and say let’s get this guy! Eye for an eye, But it’s not really smart or practical to lash out while pissed. I agree that retaliating isn’t the answer. We fought Torres but is that really doing anything? Honestly I don’t know the answer. The league has to react in a way that makes it clear it’s not part of the game going forward. Vigneault is a joke….always has been. Thought Shaw was a real stud vs Van given his experience to date

  23. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Vancouver is a classless organization from the top down! Not much else to say about that!

  24. Tom Jaremka says:

    To me, the best pay back is to simply beat the Canuckleheads in the playoffs and get to the Stanley Cup. You can’t criticize Alain Vignault for defending Hanson, any coach worth his salt will never throw his own player under the bus. As far as Vignault calling it a “hockey play”, he is correct. It was a play made during a hockey game, therefore it is a hockey play. It was a damn dirty hockey play, but it was a play.

    I’m not even concerned about this record. I’m more concerned about the Stanley Cup. Let’s just get through the season and get “home ice” for the playoffs. Let’s stay healthy and focussed on our mission. Then, let’s beat everyone necessary to get to the Cup finals. Finally, let’s stay healthy through the playoffs and win the cup, again.

    Who cares about the record? Without the cup that record is worthless.

  25. Tab Bamford says:

    From ESPN’s Craig Custance re: Hossa via Twitter – “Initial signs from Marian Hossa better than post-Torres hit but Blackhawks being careful not to rush to judgement. Hope is he’s back soon.”

  26. Andrew Raven says:

    First of all, I wish Big Hoss a speedy recovery, but we don’t know whether Hoss will recover from yet another concussion. His second goal of the night was just brilliant. Apart from Datsyuk, he’s the best two-way forward in the world. Can you guys imagine a league without Hossa?

    Fact is, the NHL and Shanahan don’t take cheapshots to the head seriously enough. In order to eliminate shots to the head, the NHL has to impose draconian penalties. I guess a 5-game suspension is about right for a first-time offender, but repeated offenders should automatically get suspended for one full season. Those who still don’t get it should be banned from the NHL for life. (Seriously, Torres delivered at least four shots to someone else’s head and he’s still playing NHL hockey. What a shame!)

    I understand those of you who want revenge, but an eye for an eye helps no one. The ones who suffer the most from blind hatred are the most skilled players.

    I’m pretty sure it was their coach who ordered the hit against Hossa because he couldn’t stand the fact that Hossa single-handedly decided the game in Chicago’s favor. The NHL must take action by SUSPENDING this moron! Dirty Hansen is just one of his stupid foot soldiers who followed his lead.

    It goes without saying that dirty Hansen’s cheapshot was the most cowardly action I’ve seen in quite some time. Cowards hit people when they are in a vulnerable position and can’t defend themselves. No way this douche would accept an honorable fistfight. He’s a Canucklehead.

  27. Vicki Worthington says:

    The hit was not “a hockey play”…sounds like a rewind of Torres’ comments!
    The officiating was some of the worst I have witnessed–both from the refs and the linesmen. Neither could decide what was going on and appeared not to know the rules…or what actions were actually defined by the rules. They, in my opinion, are as much responsible for Hossa’s injury as anyone because they refused to call the game and let it get out of hand. There is a reason that Vancouver continues to take late hits, chip after the whistle, take cheap shots at players and it’s because there is no consequences for their actions. While I recognize that hockey is a physical game and love it for that very reason, there is a limit to which players should be allowed to act out like little school kids. Like little kids, the more they get away with, the more they do.

  28. JS says:

    Welcome aboard, Tom! Glad to have you. Not glad it had to happen in these circumstances.

    Wall- Secretly, I would love to see some retaliation. It would make the inner meatball in me so happy. Then logical JS would think, “Hey, this is an endless cycle. It’s not going to be good when they retaliate for our retaliation for their retaliation on the previous retaliation!” Justice can’t be served by the players because it would be endless.

    I agree that they need stiffer penalties for hits like this. Only way to make them stop is to severly punish the player AND the team. If Hoss is down for a significant period of time, nothing they can do will make you feel better. Hell, even if they banned him from the league you still wouldn’t feel like justice has been served.

    Refs are going to miss some calls. It happens. The game last night was a complete crapshoot though. At the end of the second period I sent out numerous text messages stating “Vancouver is coming in high on all of their hits. Someone is going to get concussed before this is over.” It happened. Maybe if the refs penalized them earlier it wouldn’t have happened, but it did. It was a pretty awesome hockey game up until that point.

  29. McKay says:

    If the players care about the well-being of each other, the NHLPA should put some pressure on the League to make more consistent suspensions.

    Just like the NFL Players Union won’t legislate against head shots and equipment issues.

    And just like the MLB Players Union won’t step up against steroids.

    But they don’t do it.

  30. Tom Jaremka says:

    It’s easy for us to watch a game and gripe about a call or a non-call, when it comes to the refs. However, ref’s will tell you that the toughest call to make is a neutral zone call because both refs are moving, players are changing, linesman are trying to get out of the way of the players and basically, all hell is breaking loose.

    In each case with Hossa, the ref’s did the right thing, they gathered together and talked it over. To me, all I care about is that a call was made and the proper paperwork was filed to the league for a review. Whether the ref’s put up their arm, or not, is not the question. In addition, no matter who the player is, you never want to see a player injured on the ice.

    Vignault didn’t send out Hanson to kill Hossa. It could have been Sharp, Toews, Kane or any other Hawk player on the ice at the time. It doesn’t make a difference to me. One of the HAwk players is hurt and I’m not happy about it. But we have to let the league do their “thing”. If the world is right, Hanson gets 5 games, minimum.

  31. Mason says:

    First I want to make it clear that I hate the Canucks, but let’s look at this incident objectively.

    If you watch the slow motion replay frame by frame, then you would see that it was an accident as both players were moving toward one another in pursuit of the puck and ended up colliding, unfortunately resulting in Hossa being hurt. Hansen’s hand was open all the time as he was trying to retrieve the puck. It’s not like Hansen deliberately skated up to him and elbowed him in the head, like Duncan Keith did to Daniel Sedin last season. Hockey is a physical sport and this was obviously incidental contact.

    Here is an acticle from an impartial source, former NHL referee Kerry Fraser: http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/kerry_fraser/?id=416432

  32. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    I’d be shocked it Hanson gets 5 games, but I think he willl get a few games. The more I think about it the more I dislike the Nucks!

  33. wall says:

    JS and Tom, I am an “eye for an eye” guy – and believe in taking matters into your own hands when the NHL can’t!

    Like I predicted- around 2 games and $10,000… Tom, great plan… beat the Canucks and get revenge… but what happens if Hoss is out? what if they pound 19 or 88 in the skull next time and put them out??? Are the Hawks really contenders then? NO THEY ARE NOT!!!!
    You are right… cheap shotting and fighting them will not stop the next cheap shot… But it will level the playing field!!!! I for one would feel better if Sedin was out due to a cheapshot- if Hoss was out! Call me an ass, call me stupid, call me what you like— To me that is justice!

  34. JS says:

    You mean like when Keith elbowed Sedin in the head last year and he missed the end of the regular season and the teams first three playoff games (which they lost all of)?

    When do the “retaliations” end? When is “justice” finally served?

  35. wall says:

    Justice will be “finally” served… when ALL illegal hits are eliminated-

    NEVER!!!!

    By the way- Keith’s head was boarded prior to the elbow… in case you forgot.

  36. JS says:

    So they should just keep taking each other out until we are watching the Wolves and Ice Hogs? So if the flying elbow was proper retaliation from Keith, I’m assuming a Bertuzzi punch will be the proper retaliation from a Hawk?

    Childish and Q will not let it happen.

  37. JS says:

    I’m just as angry as you, but if the Hawks go out and do some illegal head hunting hit they are no better than the Canucks. You don’t stoop to the level of your opponent.

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