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Video: Torres fights Mayers early in Hawks-Yotes rematch

Feb 7, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

Raffi Torres didn’t even log 30 seconds of ice time before he fought in his first game against the Chicago Blackhawks since his devastating hit to the head on Marian Hossa during the 2012 playoffs.

Hossa was hospitalized and concussed as a result of the incident while Torres served a 21-game suspension.

With both of them now active, Hossa downplayed the rematch, but Torres dropped his gloves as soon as Chicago’s Jamal Mayers got off the bench.

Both of them landed several blows during the fight, which you can view below:

“If that doesn’t get you pumped, I don’t know what will,” Patrick Kane said, according to CSN Chciago’s Nina Falcone.

It looks like the fight did just that as Chicago went on to score four unanswered goals in the first period. Phoenix has already accumulated 25 penalty minutes and have been out shot 17-4 through 20 minutes.

Related:

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

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

  1. comeonnowguys - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Seems like the only seats occupied have a Chicago sweater in them. I can’t tell if it’s because it’s a 4-0 lead in the first, or if that’s just an average home game in Glendale.

    • esracerx46 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Whenever Phoenix is called offsides you’ll see a couple yotes fans. Theyre the ones with their arms up in the air arguing the call when they were clearly off. Torres was even booed, do yotes fans hate him, or was that the hawks fans?

  2. esracerx46 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Did not see that coming! What i noticed out of the Kane interview was that patrick has noticeably put on some muscle. Bigger neck and shoulders than i ever remember seeing in years past.

  3. comeonnowguys - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    So do they have to re-adjust the record split? Is this now the Blackhawks’ third home game of the year?

  4. kicksave1980 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Yeah, there are a lot of Hawks fans there, but trust me, it isn’t indicative of how it’s always been. I’ve been to Hawks games in Phoenix when I was one of maybe 20 Hawks fan in the building.

    Even as a Blackhawks fan, I hate when people talk about how awesome Hawks fans are. Between 1997/8 until around 2006, no one cared about the Blackhawks. You could have a conversation with people the next section over because the only thing separating you were empty seats. I hate bandwagon fans, and part of me misses those days. I know, because I was a season ticket holder.

    Point of my bitter rant is this…don’t throw stones at Phoenix or anyone else, because most of the Hawks fans talking trash about the Phoenix arena didn’t even know there was a team other than the Bulls in the United Center until 5 years ago.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      I get what you’re saying.

      Still, everyone knew who the “other” team in the UC was. They were the team whose home games you couldn’t watch on TV. Even in the 21st century.

      I’ve never wished for a man’s demise, well, a man not named bin Laden, but I’d be lying if I hadn’t wondered what could be for the Blackhawks after WWW passed. And they’ve surpassed that.

      This actually plays slightly into my point. We’re talking about a team who in the early 00’s was dubbed the worst franchise in sports in ESPN. The team they’re playing were Western Conference finalists not eight months prior to tonight. I keep hearing how “snobby” I am for thinking the Coyotes would be better off in a better hockey market. I’m wrong a lot of the time, and I wouldn’t mind being wrong now… I just wish the Phoenix area would prove me wrong.

      • kicksave1980 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        All good points, and I do agree with what you’re saying as far as Bill Wirtz. Rocky has really changed the face of the franchise, and that is a good thing. I’m sure that a lot of the newer fans are due to those changes (and the winning). At the same time, it’s hard not to begrudge those fans for completely ditching the team during the bad seasons, and then coming back as soon as a winner is built. That’s the way it goes, I guess.

      • se7enbladez - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:54 AM

        2 things about hawks fans. 1. I truly don’t mind about the new hawks fans, as long as they do not act they have been here forever. 2. The (Newer/championship) fans are mostly about the players on the ice, and winning. I saw most of the fans that are currently going crazy, not giving a care in the world when the lockout was happening in 2012 or even 2005. Newer fans are easier to point out with their thought that the Canucks are our greatest rivalry. Just remember one thing. Did you like it around 2005-2008, when you walked around with hawks jersey and people didn’t even know what was going on with the team. Or when you got the question, do the hawks even exist in this town? Personally i like it that you can talk hockey to much more people now. Yes, some people can carry the pride that have been through the thick and thin with hawks. Just ask yourself, would you really want to go back to when wolves had more of existence then hawks in chicago(Pat Foley calling their games). For one I don’t.

    • banshee950 - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:49 AM

      I hear ya, substitute Bruins for Blackhawks and Red sox for Bulls and thats the story in Boston. local news didn’t even mention Bs until third round of the playoffs in 2011.

  5. 19to77 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Wow. That was a pretty solid fight actually.

  6. djjackson81 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Good scrap on both parties. There was two things that went on there. The first is Chicago bitterness for Hossa hit and Hawks season ended at the sticks of the Yotes last year in the playoffs. I think if Chicago waited all this time to fire back at Torres why not let or have it be Hossa who stood up and threw down. Instead this other dude was sent and would have got whooped had Torres not through the dude to the ice when he did. Well see Chicago again and Torres will blaze another hawk. Way to get down Torres

  7. buffalo65 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    So they fight months later because of the “code”. And this accomplishes what? Time to get fighting out of the game. It is lame.

  8. seanaveryrules - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Torres is slime…too bad the hawks don’t have big JOHN SCOTT anymore!

  9. hagigun - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Two classless guys in a fight. Sweet. Too bad we didn’t have a Rocky/Creed II moment and both guys knock each other out.

    Mayers only recently became classless when he spouted off about being hit in the Sharks game. You got blasted fair and square dude, take it like a real NHL player and quit whining.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      “We’re trying to get that out of our game, and unfortunately it happened,” Mayers said. “That’s my opinion; I don’t believe the puck was there yet. You make a decision to go for a piece of a guy’s body, happened to be my head.”

      I don’t necessarily agree with him about going for the head, but he was asked a question and that’s how he answered. I’m not sure I’d call that “spouting off.”

      Back to Sharks stories, please.

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