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May 4, 2012 | 10:19am ET
Hossa still recovering
TheFourthPeriod.com

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa is feeling better, but is still recovering from a head injury he suffered when Phoenix Coyotes winger Raffi Torres hit him in the head in the first round of the playoffs last month.

"Definitely, it is better," Hossa told the paper in a phone interview from his native Slovakia. "But I'm still not feeling like myself. Obviously, it's going to take some time. It's step by step getting a little bit better and that's a good sign."

The 33-year-old mentioned that he remembers only a few seconds of the illegal hit that caused him to leave the game on a stretcher and forced him out for the rest of the series with a severe concussion.

"Somebody just came and hit me, since then I don't remember much," Hossa said. "After the hit I don't remember much, I remember a few seconds of seeing Dr. [Michael] Terry. I don't remember being in our dressing room. I just remember a little bit in the ambulance and I woke up in the hospital. Basically, I remember a few seconds. In the hospital, I became better and remembered more."

Hossa added that Torres politely reached out to him after the hit, though the Hawk did not hold back on what he thought of the hit.

"I would say that it was nice that he contacted me, but I told him, I know he's playing that way, but the one thing that I was upset with was the jump," Hossa said. "If he didn't jump, I would maybe get hit, but not hit in my head and he wouldn't have the 25 games. Basically, I was upset about the jumping."

Meanwhile, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville called Torres' high hit on Hossa the ''turning point" of the series, causing the Hawks to play without their regular-season point-leader.

However, Hossa is optimistic he'll be fully recovered by training camp, which starts in September.

"The good news is I'm slowly getting better," Hossa said. "Obviously, I'm not feeling like myself yet, but I'm getting better. I'm slowly going for walks, and that's a good thing. Training camp is still far away, and we'll see what will happen by then.

"So far, small steps, and I believe I'll be ready."

In 81 games with the Blackhawks this season, Hossa collected 29 goals and 48 assists for 77 points.

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