No concussion for Hossa; returns to practice
Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa was back at practice Thursday, two days after getting clocked in the back of the head by Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen.
Hossa said he did not suffer a concussion and would like to play Friday against San Jose at the United Center.
Hansen received a one-game suspension from the NHL for the reckless play.
“I felt pretty good this morning,” Hossa said following practice on Thursday. “Obviously he surprised me with the hit from behind. He hit me pretty hard in the back of the head. I was shaky right after, that’s why I didn’t return. But with the day off it kind of settled down and today I feel much better.”
Hossa wasn't satisfied with Hansen’s punishment.
“At least it’s something,” he said. “You don’t want to see guys hitting other guys in the head, especially from behind. It’s up to the league. They make the decisions. Hopefully guys learn from it.
"He said he was reaching for the puck. I don’t buy it because when you reach for the puck you don’t hit someone that hard to the head.”
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said the decision to play Hossa would be made after Friday’s morning skate.
Hossa said he did not fear a similar-type injury like the one he suffered in the playoffs when he was creamed by the Coyotes’ Raffi Torres.
“When I fell down I kind of knew what happened,” Hossa said. “I realized what happened so that was a good sign. I knew that was a good thing because I didn’t remember anything last time.”
Goalie Corey Crawford was also back to practice Thursday after missing more than a week with a suspected concussion.
However, Quenneville said Ray Emery would make his fourth straight start. Emery missed practice Thursday because of a family matter.
Defenseman Brent Seabrook, who missed Tuesday’s game against Vancouver with a lower body injury, practiced and will play Friday.