First there was the word of Quebec City that Goss was an injury. This was followed by the news from Helsinki, Marcus Kruger has also been sidelined.
When it comes to the Ice Hockey World Championship, in the worst case for the Blackhawks – and any other NHL team – are players injured, which would affect the 2016-17 regular season.
Hossa injury bottom of the body, what happened during the losing team in Europe at the North American team in a pre-tournament game on Thursday was not serious and coach Ralph Krueger Europe, told reporters on Friday that Hossa is “all green lights” for the next team of the competition.
“He’s fine,” Kruger said. “It turned out to be an easy injury, it’s good.”
upper body injury Kruger is more mysterious and Sweden after overtime loss retreat to Finland in another pre-tournament game on Thursday, the center of the Hawks will miss the rematch between the teams on Saturday, coach Rikard Gronborg told reporters.
At the same time, the Hawks players participating in the preliminary tournament showdown between Team Canada and Team USA on Friday night at Nationwide Arena admitted the possibility of injury in the days up to and including the World Cup two-week tournament, which begins on 17 September in Toronto, is a concern.
“It certainly brings this to mind, when it starts to affect you and your team during the season,” said Hawks / Team Canada Toews Center before a 4-2 US victory in a spirited contest. “You really do not want your teammates from other countries to get hurt, because you want them to be at its best when it’s time to start in Chicago.”
Added Hawks / US winger Patrick Kane Jersey: “This is the last thing … someone in this room wants to see guys go down and get injured I hope for us and for them, they’re fine.”.
Of particular concern is the fact that to play back-to-back tournament, planned for Canada and the US, as the rivals face off again on Saturday night in Ottawa.
“It does not make a whole hell of a lot of sense to me, but this schedule,” said US coach John Tortorella. “I am concerned about our team is trying to stay healthy, not so much the prediction for the National Hockey League season.”
Despite the possibility of injury, Toews and Kane were ready to represent their countries in the upcoming tournament.
“There is always a risk of injury every time you go out on the ice,” said Toews. “This is what you should think about whether the better prepared you are, the harder you are going to put this into practice or for those high-level games. The more you play, I think you’re going to be able to avoid it at all costs. ”
Kane said :. . “You kind of look out for him and make sure that you protect yourself at the same time, you do not want to up or lighter or something, because when injuries happen you keep it in the back of your mind, but do not worry about this is too much, and just kind of focus on the game. ”
Toews Jersey and Kane came out of the exhibition on Friday unscathed, as did the Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who was a healthy scratch for the Canadian team.
Cain presented some fireworks from the first-period goals, and then added an assist for the United States.
Toews was in the middle of a skirmish – and actually dropped the gloves – with Kessler in the second period, but no damage was done. In total there were six roughing penalties during the game, including one to Toews.
“It’s actually kind of what I expected,” said Toews of the physical nature of the game. “I feel that both teams were going to play with some pride. This is not just an exhibition game.”