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Marian Hossa leaves game on stretcher, then needs ambulance

Apr 17, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

Raffi Torres isn’t a member of the Vancouver Canucks anymore, but he might not ever play a game at the United Center without a cascade of boos. This time around, Torres caught Marian Hossa with a questionable hit, forcing the Chicago Blackhawks sniper to leave the game on a stretcher.

Update: Chris Kuc reports that Hossa was taken from the United Center in an ambulance. Scary stuff.

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Torres didn’t receive a penalty for the check, but Brandon Bollig got a game misconduct for going after the Coyotes forward. Replays revealed that Torres might have left his skates on the check, but feel free to debate its dirtiness in the comments. Joel Quenneville was livid in an on-the-bench interview, too (expect video of that, too).

Blackhawks fans are booing Mike Smith every time he touches the puck, but they might want to save some of that negative energy for Torres.

As you may remember, Torres caught Brent Seabrook with a brutal and controversial check behind the net in last year’s playoffs. It seemed to be part of what lit a fire under Chicago, who nearly came back from a 3-0 series deficit to beat Torres’ former team, the Vancouver Canucks.

With Andrew Shaw‘s three-game suspension, it’s going to be hard for Torres to avoid sitting a game or two himself. What kind of punishment does he deserve, then?

  1. marc127 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    How is that not an immediate ejection? Somehow the refs are right in front of it and don’t call a penalty. Not only that but then the Coyotes are somehow given a power play and Torres is not even given a minor penalty. The refs have been horrible all ready in this game as no penalty for the Hossa hit, the low blow on Stalberg and the hit on Mayers. Phoenix is getting away with murder.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      I hate being that guy, but they’ve been terrible all series.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:27 AM

      Its a half a game suspension if they use neal’s head hunting from the Pens as a guide line ! Torres had 1 head shot in the bank for a full game he only used 1 !

  2. taytay099 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Was one hard hit.

  3. fourfeatherfury - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Earth to the worst crew officiating the playoffs… BLOW YOUR WHISTLES! This is atrocious.

  4. paperlions - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Because Shannahan keeps saying that injury is important in determining suspension, I assume Torres will be suspended for the remainder of the playoffs for this one.

    Apparently, gravity just isn’t as reliable as it used to be….I don’t recall it being so hard for players to remain on their skates while making a hit.

  5. vanchuk - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Slowed it down, frame by frame, on the ol’ PVR and it looks like one skate is still touching the ice when contact is initiated. It’s damn close though and my PVR might not have the capability to give an accurate view of the hit. It may have also been late. I didn’t see it in real time, just the slow motion replay. Wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a game or two.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      Torres left his feet. Torres is garbage. End of story.

  6. themohel - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Left his feet. Principal point of contact – head. Injury? Oh, yeah. Victim is a star? Check. Perp in a repeat offender? Check, again. Players like that should not be in the league. Does a player need to die on the ice from this sh**?

  7. panther73 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Torres should be forced to play in a pink tutu next year.

  8. sloiggles - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    I didn’t need a replay to notice he left his feet. You could see it in real time. The refs can’t even see it when it happened in front of the bench to a player that didn’t even have the puck. Torres shouldn’t play another game the rest of this series. Atrocious. The NHL will never be taken seriously when illegal hits like this don’t get penalized IN GAME. Regardless of the punishment, it won’t bring Hossa back for the Hawks.

    • themohel - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      They have to come up with a way to make up for missed calls. They use replay on goals, they should use it here. Maybe after the period. The fact that PHX ends up with a power play out of all that is mind-boggling.

      They are going to have to suspend a guy like that for a whole season to get the point across, I guess.

  9. tricia4hawks - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Absolutely UNBELIEVABLE! How is is that Shaw gets a 3 game suspension for a hit that was not intentional? If the hit was that serious how was Smith able to return not only to play the entire rest of the game but start tonight as well? This is very typical of Torres. Remember the hit on Seabrook when he played for Vancouver? Also, Torres was obviously shaken and that goes hand in hand with guilt most times. Replay and if you do not see the skates in the air, you may need to head directly to the eye doctor. Hossa is one of my favorites and has tremendous talent! I pray he is going to be okay!

  10. hawkeytown - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Guarantee that piece of trash is wearing a Vancouver t-shirt under his sweater… Once a ca*uck always a ca*uck.

    • loinstache - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      Waahhh Vancouver wahhhh

    • salmon90 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      totally – and an islanders, blue jackets, oilers and sabres shirt. As for the hit – he should be gone at least 10 games IMO. Here’s Shannys chance to make a statement

    • colby7 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Come on guy really… Torres has played all over and made big, questionable hits his trading card. Maybe you`ve just karma on your mind?

  11. johnnyru131 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Even if he didn’t leave his feet, which he did, he still hot him in the head. Torres better be gone the rest of the series and beginning of next year too. NHL owns PHO an must’ve told the refs to call in favor of PHO. A red was 6 feet away. In situations like that even linesmen are allowed to make a penalty call when they talk it over with the ref. what a joke!!! Praying for you Hossa, now someone on the Hawks need to take out Smith for real this time. We already took two of their players out on clean hits.

  12. comeonnowguys - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    So they watch Mike Smith flail around before kicking Andrew Shaw out of the game.

    What in the hell were they doing when they Marian Hossa just lying there on the ice? How about after the stretcher came?

    Torres has to know he’s going to sit after this… I’m sure he’s got at least one more of those in him to go out with a bang.

  13. phillyphever - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Yeah, this is gonna be a long one considering Torres’ history. I would say rest of the playoffs plus 5 regular season games to be served next year.

  14. islandersfan - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    For this one the result is simple – Torres doesn’t come back until a few games after Hossa does.

    If that’s never then good in Torres case and way too soon in Hossa’s

    • bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      Oh you mean like Keith shouldn.t have come back a few games after Sedin comes back. And if thats never then good? Sorry but same situation isn.t it?

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM

        It is, basically. And I agree with you.

        However, Shaw was tossed. Keith was tossed. Torres? Yeah, not so much.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        Keith wasn’t tossed, he only got a 2 minute minor on the play.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM

        Fair enough. Still 2 more minutes than Torres got, no?

  15. sabatimus - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Total charge. Suspension? Who the hell knows anymore.

  16. philacacc - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I take it Bollig didn’t get a game misconduct?

  17. bmscalise - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Certainly Torres should be suspended here. And I’m sure we’ll hear the “players have no respect for each other” refrain again in response to the crazy number of inexcusable hits this playoffs. But the players have never had respect for each other – and aren’t going to have respect for each other because they should. That idea is merely a utopian fantasy given what’s on the line – and inaccurate nostalgia for a bygone age.

    I place the blame squarely on the NHL for steadfastly refusing to enforce it’s own rules. The game is being destroyed by a backwards “let the boys play” attitude, an attitude lauded by dinosaur GMs like Brian Burke. Officials won’t even enforce obstruction or stick infractions as they are written in the rule book. Why would players think they are any more likely to enforce head shot rules, boarding, or other more dangerous play? The officials have proven since Feb. that they won’t consistently enforce anything at all.

    If this playoffs has proven one thing, it’s this: “Let the boys play” = anarchy

  18. babar61 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Watch him get a $2500 fine…

  19. fcs34 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I can’t wait until one of these meatheads actually kills someone on the ice. The players don’t give a crap about each other so why should anyone else ?

  20. mcmurphy22 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    First, more than anything I hope Hossa is okay, and it’s not a life altering injury. Second, he has to be gone for the series, should be gone for post season. The new rules are trying to take guys like Torres out of the game if they can’t change (like Matt Cooke has seemingly done). This is disgusting, there’s no place in the game for it. Where’s Adam McQuaid when u need him.

  21. drewsylvania - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Hate saying this, because Torres deserves to get his face kicked in, but this one’s actually a lot more borderline than it might seem. He left his feet–but just barely, and a year ago no one would be screaming murder about it.

    • brit9 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:21 AM

      He should! It might help him in the looks department, especially because his sportsmanship skills are the equivalent to licking a toilet seat in a gas station and suspensions haven’t seemed to help the selfish prick before, so kick him & shave that orange beard with a dull skate blade first!

  22. seanemac75 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    You seen the same thing happen in the Flyers/Pens game, but with less serious injury when Neal when after Sean. With this hit, I wonder the league make a strong statement with Neal and then a stronger statement with this bum. That is not hockey, it is thuggary at its worse.

    • dmfc1112 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      The league made a strong statement. Neal’s hit was OK because Shanny believed Neal when he said that he”jumped to try to avoid a bigger collision”. Wow! I’m sold. The big message: you can run anybody, hit late, hit high, elbow, whatever, it only matters if the player you did it to was “injured”.

  23. piperworm - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    … and the race is on for which sport is litigated out of existence first. The NFL would like to thank the NHL for making it look that much better during this playoff season. Floor hockey and Flag football for all!

  24. edp445 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    The hit Neal laid on couturier was a lot worse than this one but couturier did not get hurt because he had his head up.

  25. redmosquito16 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Can anyone confirm or deny the commentator’s statement that there were Coyotes players laughing on the bench while Hossa on being tended to on the ice? (Was Darius Kasparaitis there?) Blackhawks fans, don’t hold your breath for a lengthy suspension, Shanny’s been an absolute joke.

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