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Blackhawks stars pleased with Torres’ 25-game suspension

Apr 21, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 19: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Derek Morris #53 of the Phoenix Coyotes chase after the puck during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

After watching their teammate, Marian Hossa, leave Game 3 on a stretcher because of Raffi Torres‘ actions, it’s not surprising that the Blackhawks players are among the biggest supporters of the 25-game suspension.

“A lot of us were shocked; we thought it might be 10 or something. But, good on the NHL,” Patrick Kane said.

Jonathan Toews echoed Kane’s remarks.

“It sends a huge message for guys to smarten up out there – especially during the playoffs,” Toews said.

Naturally, them being supportive of the suspension is not the same as them being happy about the larger situation.

“Maybe a bit of consolation now that justice has been done,” Toews said, “but Hossa is still sitting at home not feeling himself.”

The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t been particularly open about Hossa’s status, which isn’t surprising given that this is the playoffs, but we do know that he won’t be available for Game 5 on Saturday. Chicago needs to win that contest in order to extend their season.

  1. DTF31 - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    It sends a message until the next headshot gets a 2500 fine.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      Exactly. Forget factors like injury, history, and perceived intent. If a hit is dangerous and illegal then that should be enough. Suspend all guys the same. If every player knew they could land a 10 or 20 suspension for throwing a bad hit then maybe they’d think twice about throwing them.

  2. warpstonebc - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    I’m sorry, no one got a quote from Duncan Keith? :D

  3. dawglb - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    25 games is a joke! Why? Because they wheeled a cart out for Hossa? If he bounced back up, how many games would he have gotten? Lesson learned, lay down if you want a rival suspended. BS

  4. interiorfan - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Curious as to what the “Blackhawks Stars” would have really thought about Duncan Keith’s hit on Daniel Sedin. Funny we didn’t hear any quotes from them or the outrage and disgust from Coach Q then. Not wishing Hossa any ill will but I am curious as to just what his injury is. Will be interesting to see how quickly he returns if the Hawks manage to stay alive against the Coyotes tonight. I don’t mind the long suspension to Torres but I think the absolute lack of consistency in the NHL regarding officiating and discipline is quite disturbing.

  5. thirtyearfan - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Interior and dawg. Again, there are so many of you who have no idea about player pride. To think Hossa is not seriously hurt is ludicrous. To believe he is sitting out to ensure a longer suspension for torres is assinine. A player of Hossas character would not jeopardize the fate of his team to “punish” the guy who hurt him. You probably never played a real team sport.

    • interiorfan - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      I don’t think he’s deliberately sitting out to ensure a longer suspension. I just think most players do what they can to make it off the ice rather than get carted off on a stretcher. Even Mason Raymond who suffered a serious back fracture made it off the ice without a stretcher and, God knows, he probably should have had one. I guess I’m questioning Hossa’s toughness. The whole thing just seemed to scream “drama queen”. Sorry if I’m offending you Hawks fans but it seemed a little over the top.
      @thirtyyearfan. I’ve played plenty of team sports in my life and know all about team “pride”. Go sling some arrows in someone else’s yard.

  6. sixshooter90 - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    oh well, to bad hawks. Funny when the shoes on the other foot. U should be without Hossa and kieth, thank your lucky stars.

  7. johnnyru131 - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    You guys are not very bright. 1st, it wasn’t cause Hossa got hurt, it’s cuz it’s his FIFTH TIME getting suspended on SIMILAR hits. 2nd of all Keith said he made a mistake and he got FIVE games for being a first time offender. Even the Chicago broadcasters at the time of the Keith hit even said that Keith will be receiving a call from the league and will most likely be getting a suspension. So everyone acting like Keith didn’t acknowledge he made a mistake are wrong and are not making any valid points on anything. God, you hockey fans are really dumb, or really young or both!

    • interiorfan - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Oh, of course………he admitted he made a mistake. Well then , I guess it’s OK that he deliberately elbowed Sedin in the face. What was I thinking?
      You know what…he got a free pass. A 5 game suspension was a joke for what he did. Next time, and I’m sure there will be a next time as it might be his first suspension but it is far from his first offense, he won’t be so lucky. Maybe he should think of his team and try a little anger management.

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