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February 20, 2013 | 9:07am ET
Hossa suffers head injury in 4-3 shootout win
TheFourthPeriod.com

Everyone at the United Center held their breath on Tuesday night as Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa lay on the ice motionless following a hit to the head during the third period of the Hawks 4-3 shootout victory.

Hossa, 34, had to be helped off the ice after Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen hit him in the back of the head with his left forearm.

Last spring, Hossa sustained a season-ending concussion after an illegal hit from Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Raffi Torres during the first round of the playoffs.

This time, Hossa did not have to be taken off the ice on a stretcher as he eventually got up and Hansen made his way to the box to serve his 2-minute penalty for roughing. Hossa did not return to the game.

"I saw him after the game (and) he seems okay but we'll know more (Wednesday)," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Tribune. "It's a major concern. Hopefully, he's okay."

Hansen is scheduled to have a hearing with the League on Wednesday afternoon.

In 16 games with the Blackhawks this season, Hossa has recorded eight goals and six assists for 14 points.


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