Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman says forward Marian Hossa will not need back surgery after suffering an injury in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins. According to an article on ESPNChicago.com, Bowman said,
He’s doing much better than he was. He was another player that played through an awful lot of pain in the final. I think at this point there’s nothing to be alarmed about. I think it’s like a lot of things when you go through a long season. If you remember, we had a lot of games in a short amount of time this year. You didn’t have a lot of time spaced out during the regular season due to the late start, so there’s a lot of games over a short period of time. I think some rest will do him well.
Hossa originally thought he would have to get the surgery after the Finals, however that may not be in discussions anymore. He had this to say on his injury,
I was limping on the ice. To tell you the truth, I didn’t have much confidence because everybody was much faster. As soon as you get a puck, I wasn’t too confident to do things I’m usually able to do. It kind of frustrated me in those games, but the coaches told me just to play your game defensively and that’s going to help us. I just try to stick with it.
Hossa had a total of seven goals, and nine assists in this past season’s 22 playoff games. But he didn’t quite feel the same after this injury. Hopefully for Chicago’s sake, Hossa can recover from this injury faster than he could with a surgery, and that it’s not too major after all.