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“Whatever happens out there, happens out there,” says Torres on facing Blackhawks

Feb 6, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

Marian Hossa, Raffi Torres AP

The last time Raffi Torres faced the Blackhawks, he became Chicago’s “Public Enemy No. 1” for, in the NHL’s words, “launching himself to deliver a late hit to the head” of Marian Hossa.

Torres received a 25-game suspension (later reduced to 21 games) for the play and has since promised to change his ways.

Tomorrow at Arena, he’ll share the ice with Hossa — who was badly concussed as a result of the hit — and the Blackhawks for the first since the Apr. 17 incident.

So, does Torres expect Chicago to pay him any special attention?

“Whatever happens out there, happens out there,” he told reporters today, per the Chicago Tribune. “I’m sure they just want to go out there and pick up the ‘W.’ It’s a good test for us. We got a good team coming in here, the best team in the league right now I think.”

And what about the commitment he made to clean up his act? How’s that going?

“We have to protect the top players in the league,” he said. “If it’s going to take me thinking out there instead of running around with my head cut off, then that’s what it’s going to take. If I want to keep playing in this league, I’m going to have to change the way [I play].”

Hossa, meanwhile, is downplaying tomorrow’s game.

“I don’t care,” he said Tuesday, per “It’s a thing you don’t forget. Like I said, you know I move the page, and it’s another season. I just try to focus on my game.

“It’s just another game. … I think it’s going to be a normal game. I don’t expect anything.”

  1. mrpigs - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Torres better be ready to drop the gloves in the first period!

    • killerpgh - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      That’s all I would pretty much expect. The first game between the Bruins/Penguins after the Matt Cooke/Marc Savard hit was expected to be a big deal. Cooke fought Thorton early and that was the end of it. Torres was probably fight Bollig early in the game and as long as it doesn’t turn into a blowout game that will probably be the end of it.

  2. esracerx46 - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Saying you’re going to change and actually changing the way you play are two very different things. Also, I don’t care what skill level a player has. A dirty hit is a dirty hit regardless of who’s on the recieving end. I got a feeling Bollig and Mayers will be in the lineup tomorrow

    • thehighcountrybear - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Jamal should be ready if he can uncross his eyes after being creamed in the Sharks’ game…

    • noisetheorem - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Can we borrow back John Scott for just about 10 minutes tomorrow night?

      • yankeehawk - Feb 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Amen to that….nothing worse than sending somebody {Bollig,probably} out who might NOT be able to “teach Torres a lesson”

  3. woodstakes - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    All he needs to do is take his medicine tomorrow night, probably early on and that will be that.

    Now as for changing the way he’s going to play, look there’s nothing wrong with playing physical and even being a bit of a instigator/nuisance… just clean it up is all anyone cares about. The hit on Hossa maybe would have been boarderline ok if he wouldn’t have launched himself into Hossa’s head. Make the hit, shoulder to shoulder or shoulder to chest even and sure you will probably still end up getting in a fight for it, but you probably don’t get suspended/fined and you don’t earn the cheap shot artist rep.

    Now, i’m not Blackhawks fan, but to me it wasn’t about who he hit but how he hit him. If your going to take on one of the skilled players of the other team you know your probably going to eat a knuckle or two for it. Just make it so the guy gets up and can keep playing while remembering to keep his head up and on a swivel.

  4. slickdemetrius - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    When the Nordiques get ahold of his contract, this poor excuse for a hockey player will hopefully be sent to Free Agent city.

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