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

warm-ups:

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

broadcast:

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

injury: