CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa did not participate in practice on Friday at United Center, but he is expected to play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).
"Hossa is fine," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Hossa was a late scratch Saturday for Game 3 against the Boston Bruins. He practiced Sunday, sat out the morning skate on Monday but was in the lineup for Game 4 at TD Garden and had one assist and four shots on goal during 19:07 of ice time in Chicago's 6-5 overtime win. Hossa has an unspecified upper-body injury.
Quenneville said he expects Hossa will be feeling more comfortable going into Game 5 than he was in Game 4.
"I think that one thing about Hossa, production offensively or responsibility defensively, complementing our team game in all facets of the game is what we look for," Quenneville said. "That consistency of what he brings day in, day out to our game is what makes him a special player and a valuable addition to our team. I think that all areas we're going to be leaning on him. No matter where we put him, you know he's going to get the job done."
Hossa admitted after Game 4 that he was limited in what he could do, but Quenneville said he still thought Hossa and his linemates, Patrick Sharp and Michal Handzus, were effective and generated offense.
Sharp scored a power-play goal and Handzus scored a shorthanded goal. Sharp, Handzus and Hossa combined for 14 shots on goal.
"I think defensively, too, you know Hossa is always going to be in the right spot and not give up anything on that end of it," Quenneville said. "[We're] very happy to use him. I think everybody has different limitations, but everybody is giving it their all."
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