Chicago Blackhawks star forward Marian Hossa was unable to play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins due to an apparent upper-body injury, according to head coach Joel Quenneville during his postgame media availability.
While Quenneville never identified when the injury was sustained, he stated that the decision to scratch Hossa was made after warmups.
"It was a game-time decision after the warmup there," Quenneville said of the situation. "That's when we made the call, after warmup."
Most accounts have made it seem as though Hossa sustained the injury during warmups for the game. This is likely due to a posting on the Blackhawks' Twitter account. However, Quenneville flatly denied that anything happened to Hossa during warmups.
In addition, captain Jonathan Toews stated that the team understood all day on Monday that Hossa might not be available to play that night.
"It's something that we were prepared for all day, that he might not play," Toews said of Hossa. "Sometimes you're missing one of your best players, and you've got to find a way to play without him."
The extent of Hossa's injury is currently unknown. Quenneville stated that Hossa is considered day-to-day and that he hopes to have him available for Game 4 on Wednesday night. Hossa is currently tied for the team lead in points this postseason with 15 (seven goals, eight assists).