Marty Turco played another exceptional game, bailing out his teammates again as the Blackhawks defeated a good Los Angeles Kings team 3-1 on Wednesday night at the United Center.
Turco kept 33 of 34 shots out of the net, including all 15 shots in the third period to earn the veteran the game’s Number One star. Viktor Stalberg was the Number Two star after scoring his third goal of the season. It was Stalberg’s first career game-winning goal. Jake Dowell opened the scoring in the first, and Patrick Sharp added his NHL-leading ninth in the third to seal the deal.
But the story of the game was Marian Hossa. Skating on a new-look line with Tomas Kopecky and Troy Brouwer, Hossa disappeared after skating only three shifts in the second period and did not return to the bench.
Coach Joel Quenneville would only say that Hossa suffered an upper-body injury, and that he would be re-evaluated on Thursday. Quenneville said after the game that he wasn’t sure when the injury happened, and could not comment on the severity of the injury immediately after the game.
Fernando Pisani saw time in Hossa’s place with Kopecky and Brouwer in the third period.