February 21, 2013
NHL notes: Blackhawks' Hossa returns to practice
By QMI AGENCY
Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has returned to practice two days after being flattened by a flying elbow from Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen.
Hansen received a one-game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday for applying the blow that saw Hossa helped off the ice.
“Whether or not I agree with it is probably irrelevant now,” Hansen told reporters Thursday. “You’re trying to play an honest game and play the right way and not step too far over the line. Again, it’s unfortunate but that’s the way it is right now.”
Hossa passed concussion tests Thursday and could return to Chicago’s lineup in time for Friday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Hossa missed seven months last season after suffering a severe concussion as a result of a devastating hit from Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres, an incident the NHL bad boy received a 21-game suspension.
WADE MACLEOD UPDATE
Columbus Blue Jackets minor leaguer Wade MacLeod, who suffered an in-game seizure following a big hit Sunday, will undergo further treatment after a benign mass was found in his brain.
The 26-year-old Springfield Falcons forward was stable and alert earlier this week after being slammed into the glass by Adirondack Phantoms defenceman Brandon Manning.
MacLeod attempted to leave the ice, but fell in front of his team's bench where trainers provided immediate care before stretchering MacLeod off the ice.
MacLeod’s family issued the following statement on Thursday.
"Doctors have discovered a benign mass in Wade's brain. He will be undergoing further examination to determine the appropriate treatment. We appreciate the respect of Wade's privacy at this time."
BRIEFLY: Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell returned to practice on Thursday, skating with the Adirondack Phantoms, the club’s minor-league affiliate. The Flyers expect Hartnell to return to their lineup in less than two weeks. It was Hartnell's longest skate since Jan. 22, when he broke a bone in his left foot … Wednesday night’s thriller between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins attracted a .55 household rating in the U.S., the largest in NBC Sports Network history. The Flyers won 6-5 ... Staying with Philly, according to general manager Paul Holmgren, leading team goal scorer Matt Read will miss significant time after suffering a torn rib cage muscle Wednesday night. Read, who has seven goals and six assists in 18 games this season, will miss six weeks due to the injury.