As much scoring touch as Blackhawks right winger Marian Hossa brings to the Chicago lineup – a 404-501—935 scoring line in 1,018 career games – he brings even more Stanley Cup experience, having played in four Cup finals in the past six seasons.
So when Hossa was removed from Joel Quenneville’s Game 3 lineup minutes before puck drop at the TD Garden, it had the look of a black hole. So how did the quick lineup change before the game affect the Hawks’ game plan?
“There was no way Chicago had any idea Hossa was going to do this,” said Pierre McGuire at the Stanley Cup Talk event held at West End Johnnie’s Tuesday, “ because Jeremy Roenick and I were on the ice with the black aces of the Chicago Blackhawks around 12:35 [Monday] afternoon, and I can tell you right now [Hossa’s replacement] Ben Smith were skating their butts off, and to put [Smith] in the lineup, they didn’t have that plan in the afternoon.”
For more of what McGuire, Keith Jones, and Tony Amonte had to say, click the video above.