"Actually there was a disc in my back, shooting in my nerve," Hossa said. "Basically I didn't feel my right foot. It was all numb all the time. I just thought I could skate on one leg."
Hossa was a surprise late scratch before Game 3 and took criticism from former Blackhawk and current Bruins television analyst Tony Amonte for sitting out. Hossa played the rest of the series but was limited in practice and game-day morning skates.
After winning his second Stanley Cup in four years, Hossa's injury was the last thing on his mind.
"Right now I don't feel any pain," he said. "Obviously you guys could tell I could not skate.
"Everybody was banged up. We find a way to win, which is important."
Hossa finished with two assists and 22 shots on goal in the Stanley Cup finals.