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Hossa on Torres hit: I’ve turned the page, but haven’t forgotten

Feb 7, 2013, 11:36 AM EST

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There’s the potential for drama tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Coyotes in Phoenix — the first time Hossa and Raffi Torres have met since Torres’ knocked Hossa out of action.

The drama, though, is something Marian Hossa wants to downplay.

“It’s a thing you don’t forget, but I [turned] that page and this is another season,” he told CSN Chicago. “For me, it’s just another game. I don’t worry about anything else.”

Thursday’s game will mark the second Coyotes-‘Hawks contest since “the hit” during the opening round of last year’s playoffs, but the first with Torres in the lineup.

The 31-year-old was suspended 25 games for his actions — appealed down to 21 — and quietly returned to the Coyotes lineup last Saturday.

Hossa spent months recovering from a concussion and was only medically cleared to return to action in December, yet seems to harbor no desire for retribution against Torres.

“I think it’ll be a normal game; I don’t expect anything,” he said. “For me it’s just another game. I don’t worry about anything else.”

It’s possible the real fireworks of this situation could be saved for Apr. 20, when Phoenix makes its first and only return to the scene of last April’s crime.

Chicago, you’ll recall, was incensed by the Torres hit and took its frustrations out in a number of ways — Coyotes’ announcer Tyson Nash claimed he received death threats, Chicago’s police Superintendent said Torres’ hit was “borderline criminal conduct” and the Chicago Sun-Times put Torres on the back cover of the newspaper with the headline “PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1

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  1. themohel - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    This will be the first Yotes/Hawks game since the hit with Torres in the lineup – the teams played the second day of this season.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Correct. Language was a little vague there. Has been updated.

  2. ineedmorehossa - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I need more Hossa

  3. chasestern - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    He’ll be challenged in the opening five minutes and will fight. That’ll be it.

  4. comeonnowguys - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    I hope there isn’t a fight. No reason for retaliation.

    But the first time he tries to run at someone Raffi-style (like he did that very game before he actually hit Hossa), then all bets are off.

    • kicksave1980 - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      If there’s ever been a reason for retaliation, this is it. Not to say that it should be the focus of the entire game, but he should have to answer to the Blackhawks for seriously hurting one of the best players in the league. He’s answered to the league, and now he should have to answer to the team.

      Torres has been in the league a long time, and he knows the deal. Answer the bell as soon as possible and get it over with.

  5. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Ray Emery is currently the Blackhawks toughest guy available to throw down.

    • alexbaymac - Feb 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Looks like Ray will be on the ice tonight so that might happen! …assuming Torres is stupid enough to go with anyone (& he IS stupid so), I think most any Hawk would be happy to put him in his place. Be careful or Bollig will let Keith take care of him! And DK could.

  6. cweez2 - Feb 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    My money is on Brandon Bollig.

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