Marian Hossa sat out Game 3 on Monday night due to an injury and was criticized by CSNNE's Tony Amonte. Asked about Amonte's comments, Hossa replied, "I don't really care what Tony Amonte says."
Hossa, a key player for the Blackhawks, was a late scratch for Game 3 because of an upper-body injury, and Amonte said Hossa is a player who doesn't frequently play through pain.
"Always hurt, he's injured, he's in, he's out of the lineup. Just not a guy that plays through injury," Amonte said Monday night. "At this point of the season, those are the guys you need."
Hossa returned to the lineup Wednesday and played more than 19 minutes on the ice, recording an assist and taking four shots on net on 29 shifts. Amonte said Hossa looked fine during the game, but that it didn't add up.
"Why couldn't he have played 10 minutes last game? Why couldn't he help the Chicago Blackhawks out on the power play?" Amonte said Wednesday on "Postgame Live."
While Hossa sat out, the Blackhawks subbed in Ben Smith, and both Felger and Amonte wondered if playing Hossa at even 50 percent would have been a better option than playing Smith.
"They were so off in Game 3, so discombobulated, and I think it had to do with directly him having to come out of that game late, having to put Ben Smith in there," Amonte said.
Amonte didn't attack Hossa for his comments, but rather defended his comments.
"He can say whatever he wants about me, that's fine, I don't care," Amonte said. "He can make his comments and go on from there, but the Chicago Blackhawks needed him last game, and that's the point. That's the only point I'm trying to make."