Ex-Blackhawk Tony Amonte questions Marian Hossa's toughness

Blackhawks' Marian Hossa skates in the warmup ahead of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the...

Blackhawks' Marian Hossa skates in the warmup ahead of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins in Boston, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:52 PM ET

BOSTON - Ex-Chicago Blackhawk Tony Amonte stirred things up at the Stanley Cup final when he questioned the toughness of 'Hawks winger Marian Hossa.

Hossa missed Game 3 after taking the warmup -- it was rumoured he had a neck injury -- but was back at his post for Game 4 Wednesday night.

Amonte said Hossa is "not the guy with the highest pain threshold in the NHL," on Comcast SportsNet New England where he works as an analyst on Bruins telecasts.

"If you look back to his stats and you look throughout his career, he usually plays about 60 games, takes about 20 or 30 off every year just to make sure he's fresh coming into the postseason," said Amonte. "He's not a guy that will play through a lot of injuries."

As you might expect, the 'Hawks came to the defence of their teammate.

"There's no question in our locker room that guys are laying it on the line for each other and they have been throughout the entire season and the playoffs, especially," said captain Jonathan Toews. "This time of year, guys are playing through tons of stuff. There's no question in our locker room that if Hoss could go and he could be effective for us, that he would have. If people want to criticize from the outside, that's up to them, but there's no doubt in our mind that Hoss is going to do everything in his power to get back in and help our team."

"I know that he was disappointed in himself," said Chicago winger Bryan Bickell. "He wanted to play and I bet you anybody would, but he didn't think he would help the team in any way, so he decided. He talked to the team before the last game saying he was sorry and he wanted to play, but he'd feel better to give it that extra two days rest and make sure he could be ready for (Wednesday) night."

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