Warm-ups more painful than the game

The big news from the start of Monday’s Game 3 of the Stanley
Cup Final was the absence of Marian Hossa, one of the Chicago
Blackhawks’ most productive players, who was listed as an
unexpected scratch minutes before the puck dropped in Boston.

According to the Blackhawks’ official Twitter account,
Hossa’s unspecified injury apparently happened during

But Hossa was hardly the only star in the game to do some damage
during his pregame skate. In fact, Bruins defenseman and captain
Zdeno Chara took a spill that could have put both his status and
the status of Boston left winger Milan Lucic in danger.

Here’s the clip of Chara slipping and sliding into Lucic
from CBC’s coverage of the game:

And a different angle of the collision from NBCSN’s

Chara left the ice immediately after the collision, and
reportedly needed to receive stitches in the back of his head.

The above tweet, incidentally, would lead to this awesome reply
from Oilers left winger Taylor Hall, who, recall, took this pregame
spill in 2012:

Ultimately, both Chara and Lucic were on the ice in time for the
start of the game. But that didn’t stop the Twitterverse from
making a few jokes at their expense, though — the best of
which may have come, coincidentally, from a Hossa parody account
that apparently didn’t yet know about its namesake’s